There’s nothing like gathering with family, friends, and colleagues over the holidays – whether it’s at the school play, a work party, or a neighborhood get-together.
But at all of these events, there will always be someone who doesn’t agree with accelerating the pace of reform, because they think it will hurt our school system more than it will help.
These conversation starters stress the importance of improving our schools so parents have access to more and better education options for their kids – and at the very least, can give you something to talk about with Uncle Larry this year!
“Our public schools are just fine. I got a great education,” your uncle says.
We’re an increasingly global society, and with the U.S. ranking 27th in math and 17th in reading out of 34 countries, even our best-performing kids need better learning opportunities.
“But not all parents care”, your neighbor says.
What some perceive as a lack of caring could actually be the result of frustration. As a parent, it’s frustrating feeling like there is no other option for your child outside of the school that is failing them. Only 5% of U.S. children are able to take advantage of school choice opportunities.
“It’s not an education problem, it’s a poverty problem,” says your colleague.
Poverty is a challenge, but not an excuse. Our nation’s charter schools have proven this.A majority of the nearly 2.5 million children in the nation’s more than 6,500 charter schools are poor and minority, and yet they are performing better than comparable kids who have to attend their local public schools.
Let’s give the ultimate gift to parents and students this year by committing to remaining vocal about the importance of enacting parent-empowering education reforms. And,