For Parents, School Choice Provides Hope
A local coffee shop has become a hub for people working from home who also want to get out a bit. As we all sit in front of our computers, taking calls and working from large community tables, it never fails that someone, usually a parent, sees my “Love Your School” logo—and asks me what I do.
“I help families learn about their education options. Do you have kids?”
Without a second thought, a conversation has begun, and parents begin to share about their kids and their concerns, curious if I might be able to offer some hope for their situation.
I love these conversations—because I do have hope to offer. Its name? School choice.
Parents worrying about their children’s futures is nothing new, but the last two years have compounded those worries and added a dose of fear.
“Will my child ever catch up? Why are they still struggling so much? How can I afford all these extra tutors? I think they need an evaluation, but everyone says they’ll grow out of it. I’m so worried about my child’s future; I think about it all the time.”
In addition to new challenges brought on by COVID-19, parents also have concerns about what their children are being taught in the classroom.
Our nonprofit, Love Your School, recently helped the Neagra family looking for a new school. When I asked why they were searching, the family explained that policies related to the handling of COVID-19 and “radical social education being taught to our elementary students” necessitated a change. They were so thankful that they could access an Empowerment Scholarship Account (also known as an “education savings account”) because they were in a D-rated school district.
Like so many other families we work with, they never knew until the last couple of months that they even had this option in Arizona. How many other families are drowning in the same worry and fear over their children’s futures but are left with no knowledge of their education choices at all?
A few weeks ago, another team member and I set up a table outside of a popular grocery store in South Phoenix, Arizona. “Hola! ¿Tienen niños?” we’d ask, as folks popped in for lunch at the taco shop just inside. The number of conversations we had on an average Tuesday lunch hour was almost unbelievable.
Sure, we had cold Jarritos in our branded koozies for the taking, but that was bare of interest. The possibility that we had something to offer these families who were already thinking about their kid’s education was the draw. The thought that someone might listen to their story and provide ideas, options, and hope for their child’s current situation or struggle was the appeal.
Thankfully, hope is just what we had—along with some branded swag.
As we celebrate National School Choice Week, we should share with anyone who will listen to school choice opportunities. We should plan events, make phone calls, and wear our yellow scarves to bring awareness to all of the incredible education options that families have access to across the United States.
I’m reminded of all the families I’ve met the last few years who felt they got a second chance for their kids because of school choice policies, my own included. I credit the education savings account to helping my two oldest boys get the therapy and curriculum they needed to learn to read.
I can’t imagine our lives or their future without these opportunities.
Notes from the Editor
While I agree that the quality of education is a very big problem, I think today we face danger for our children far greater than a school that does not teach the basics of education. That would be the indoctrination our children are facing in most public schools.
This has become big enough of a problem; with the teachings of “wokeness,” CRT, and far-left ideology, our children are not getting a proper education; they are only properly being indoctrinated.
With this, private schools that don’t push this focus on the core of education, at least what used to be seen as that, are now becoming more attractive to some. Others like that religious-based schools teach their moral ideas to their children, sadly with some schools, this is no longer the case, “wokeism” has invaded many of these as well. This is why we suggest doing some research outside of what the schools are offering to come to an informed decision.
If we are not looking at alternatives to the public school system, we, as parents, need to be involved in learning what is being taught to our children. While the federal government and school groups are trying to label us as Domestic terrorists, I guess demanding answers for things being taught, or for having pornographic books, or ones that encourage the LGBT lifestyle and do so graphically, is an act of terrorism. Still, burning buildings, rioting, and looting are peaceful, according to the loony left.
We now have many in Democrat-controlled cities trying to do away with school choice; this needs to be fought against, never to allow them to have their say in this. The responsibility of choosing what is best for our children is not the right of the left or the government that rests on our shoulders alone.
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