Most Americans consider that the educational system has to be improved on the government level in order to rescue children from failure. Educational professionals, legislators, parent groups and others see school vouchers as an alternative solution that would help to implement some changes. However, it also can bring a threat to the whole system of public education due to the separation of church and state. Supporters of school vouchers propose to change the common American values of democracy and force different religious groups to pay for their children’s narrow parochial agendas. Despite the desire to advance religious institutions, the voucher programs are limited by state courts at the moment.
The school voucher program is a threat to the American democracy which tries to protect all children regardless of their religion, academic grades and ability to pay a fee. Probably, some students would benefit from such programs, but many of them could be rejected by schools due to the low academic achievements or discipline problems. Other programs allow discriminating applicators because of religion, gender or sexuality. Activists, who support school voucher programs, state that these programs would open opportunities for children from poor families to enter schools that were previously available only for rich students. However, facts tell that poor families will still have to pay thousands dollars to cover tuition costs. Thus, for such students, school voucher programs offer the option to study in the religious atmosphere or remain to deteriorate further in a public school. In this case, only motivated and middle-class students will enter the schools with decent educational options. Many students will be left without proper education. Additionally, there is no strong evidence proving the effectiveness of academic performance among students in schools with voucher programs.
During many years, Americans have been opposing voucher-like programs …Read More