School choice across the world
Nowhere is the value of school choice more evident than when parents make huge sacrifices to get their children into a good school. This may involve paying for private school tuition or home school curriculum, driving the extra miles (literally), wading through bureaucratic inter- or intra-district transfer policies for public schools, or getting on waiting lists for popular charter schools. These sacrifices are not unique to upper-income American families. The Beautiful Tree, authored by James Tooley, describes about how many of the world’s poor are educating their children in low-cost private schools. The author’s personal experience and data from his extensive research, demonstrate that parental love and the market are far more effective at providing a good education across the world than you probably realize. Low-cost private schools in countries like Ghana and India are outperforming free government schools, because the principles have to answer directly to parents. Parents want a good education for their kids and they want to know that their investment in their children’s education will pay off. That’s why school choice works.
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