Vouchers will give parents options for children

Jan. 26, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

"If we are to go to a voucher system . you will have warehouses." - Bernard Klimist, VISD school board vice president

Recently, the VISD school board discussed school vouchers. I applaud them for opening the discussion to the public. As a father of three, I support the teachers and administrators who have chosen what I consider the best vocation in the world. I do take issue with the rejection of school vouchers, though.

Educating children is the primary duty of parents. Part of this duty includes the option to choose which school best forms a child's mind. I do not claim to know better than all parents. I am not an expert on your child. However, I do have tremendous expertise on my own children. It is a fatal conceit to think a stranger who does not know a child's name will know better than a parent. A school voucher allows parents the option to find a school that best suits their children.

I must also take issue with Mr. Klimist regarding certification. Have certifications increased college acceptance, high school graduation rates or children's intelligence? At the "warehouses" in which I taught, certification was not mandatory, and two schools received the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. I have known great teachers with and without certifications and vice versa. I have failed to see any correlation.

A school voucher program allows parents to vote on schools with their money. This does not lead to "cattle-pushing." On the contrary, "warehouses" have to compete and offer the best quality for the lowest price. We already spend so much money on public education; perhaps it is time to consider giving parents the option to choose which school gets their kids and money.

"Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority." - Frederic Bastiat

Product of four "warehouses,"

Jared Q. Tomanek, OLV '92, STJ '96, Franciscan University of Steuvenville '00, Our Lady of the Lake University MBA and MSOL '10, VISD School Health Advisory Council Committee Co-Chairman,Victoria



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