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School Vouchers The Wrong Choice Susie is a young girl who lives in Florida Since kindergarten she has attended a nearby private school Her parents willingly pay her tuition even though doing so forces them to cut other corners They do not mind these sacrifices since they know that their daughter is getting the best education they can give her Jesse lives downtown in the inner city She attends the local public school and struggles through her classes Her mother would like to send her to a private school where there is less violence and a calmer atmosphere but cannot afford it Then Jesses mother learns that a voucher system has put into place for the entire state of Florida Jesses inner city spray-painted elementary school received a failing status so she can receive a voucher to attend the school of her choice With the money she receives from the voucher Jesses mother is able to send her daughter to the same private school that Susie attends Is it fair that Susies parents pinch pennies while Jesses mother send her on the bus for free While meaning well does the voucher system inadvertently discriminate against children like Susie whose parents must work extra hours to put their children through private school Is the voucher system really the answer to the problems with American education today or a way to transfer them somewhere else American public schools have always had their flaws In the nineteenth century colleges complained of under-prepared freshmen students who could not write an essay or even spell A main controversy was bilingual education for newly naturalized immigrants As America entered the early 1900s the debate turned to the use of entertainment in the classroom Teachers felt that they must put on a show in order to keep the attention of their pupils The abandonment of phonics in the 1920s and 30s was believed to be the reason why the job market
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