Oscar Wilde said: “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” I am of the belief that if there is an opportunity through which we can improve our lives, we should take it. I assume that most people are of the same mind in that regard. In the same way, if we come upon an opportunity to improve the lives of others, we should also take that. Life is a give and take system; what benefits you often benefits others, and vice versa. With this in mind, it never fails to stun me when time after time, school choice gets shut down. Then I remember that little thing called selfishness.
According to Michael Gerson, of Town Hall:
“The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s school voucher program. Under it, more than half a million low- and middle-income Hoosier students — and about 62 percent of all families — are eligible for state aid to help pay for a private or religious school.”
School choice seems like a no-brainer to me: bettering the lives of lower income families by offering a chance for their children to succeed in schools that have proven track records. Seems like a good thing, right? With school choice vouchers, children who live in low-income areas aren’t tethered to the schools in those districts. Well, there is heavy opposition from the Left; namely the teachers’ Unions.
The teachers’ Unions are strongly opposed to school choice because they believe that diverting cash from their schools in order that parents may choose to move that cash to a better school is tantamount to robbery. You see, when money is diverted to other, better schools, the teachers and administrative staff have to strive to better themselves; and that’s really hard. School choice vouchers force competition among schools, which–in theory–would drive low-ranking schools to up their game in order to survive. It’s simple Capitalistic competition. Ultimately, school choice helps lesser public schools to eventually succeed in the marketplace. It’s a win-win situation.
Instead of jumping at an opportunity to better the lives of low-income kids, the Unions are acting selfishly; trying to protect their own interests; namely, their bank accounts. The teachers’ Unions are always trotting out the old flag and banner, shouting that they support “the children.” They claim that diversion of cash from low-income school districts will hinder the education of kids. What they conveniently forget to mention is that with school vouchers, kids wouldn’t be tethered to those failing schools anymore. The argument is a paper tiger.
The ultimate motivation in trying to keep school choice shut down is selfishness. The Unions want ultimate control; but more than that, they want money. They think that they deserve what they’ve “earned.”
Don’t needlessly parse my words, and accuse me of attacking teachers as a whole. Teaching is a worthy profession; it has simply been hijacked by selfishness, and greed. The problem with this whole situation is the Unions. Public sector Unions are greedy little monsters, wanting nothing more than money, power, and influence. Instead of looking out for the best interests of the children they so often trot out, they are only looking out for themselves.
As long as we have Teachers’ Unions, we will have stagnation. The Unions are asking others to comply with what they want, sacrificing the needs of our future generations. Thank God for the Indiana Supreme Court, and their decision. Maybe now, we can gain some traction in this fight. Altruism always triumphs over greed, but it always takes time.