School vouchers seem a great answer to the problem of bad education, applying the capitalist system to education. However, it cannot work as currently attempted.
One problem in education is the way subjects are taught. In the 1950s New Math was introduced and it failed. In the 1960s Sight Reading was introduced and it failed badly. The public schools are still teaching forms of these two failed programs or methods. This is the reason for the failure in public schools. If private schools and home schools get vouchers and teach these same methods as is now required here in North Dakota and probably most other states, then they will obtain the same result.
For example, the public schools are to teach that 1 + 1 = 3 (not really, but an illustration) and as a result, students were unable to add correctly, then having private, charter, or home schools teach that 1 + 1 = 3 is not going to improve education (this is the case for fraction education methods). Obviously, the teaching methodology and errors in the way subjects are taught is more complicated than just 1+1, but that does not make the methods taught right, they are still wrong. Vouchers are not going to fix bad education methods.
There is the second issue concerning the use of vouchers. Vouchers are available in various locations already. Nevertheless, typically about 15% of students take advantage of the voucher program. Except for current Home Schools, education has not improved and vouchers are not available for most Home Schooling. But let us assume there is a significant improvement in education scores in private schools and vouchers are extended to Home Schools with the requirement for testing bad education methodology. That means 85% of students that still attend public schools are not getting a proper education. Can the US society continue with 85% of the population improperly educated?
One final issue with vouchers. In order for a private school to exist, from a business point of view, it must already have a balance of space and teachers. The school may be able to absorb a few additional students, but will not be able to take on a large growth. Therefore, unvetted schools will pop up all over to collect the voucher money. These schools will be interested in the money, not the students. The result will almost certainly mean LOWER education than already exists in the public schools. It will take at least half a decade for a private school to learn how to operate to obtain high-quality student learning. However, this drop in quality of education will be used as justification for government control over these areas of education before the improvement. We already have government control over the public schools and we already know how bad that is. The result is doing the same thing over and over, government control over more education, but expecting a different result. This is foolishness. Therefore, vouchers are a foolish option until public education is fixed. Then, vouchers would be a positive to enhance education above a successful public education.
We need at least 80% of our citizens well educated. A Republic cannot survive unless its citizens are well educated and well informed, according to the Greeks and our Founding Fathers.
This leads to the issue of uninformed citizens hearing or seeing "Fake News" and still being uninformed. The Department of Public Instruction and media here in North Dakota tells citizens our education system is doing well. We have a 60% failure on our state test in reading, writing, and math. Therefore, DPI and the media are perpetuating the "Fake News" that a 60% failure rate of our schools is a good education. So analytical thinking must also be taught so citizens will be able to identify "Fake News" when they see it. Please share your thoughts.