My dad remembers when his family got their first television. It was black and white, and there were only three channels available. But they were thrilled to be able to watch shows right in their own home. He never dreamed one day he’d have a device in his pocket that could play any show at any time in full color.
In my dad’s lifetime—and even in my own—television has been completely transformed. The move from black and white to color amazed families starting in the 1950s. The spread of cable TV meant families had access to dozens, if not hundreds, of channels. Digital technology let people record shows so they could play them at their convenience. And then streaming made it possible to watch shows on demand from nearly any location.
At each step, a combination of technological challenges and government regulations had to be overcome to bring us to where we are today.
We can see similarities between advances in television and the education landscape in America.
In the mid-1800s, many policymakers decided states needed to get involved in education. Faced with the transportation and communication limitations of the time, states went with a geographical division—students were assigned to schools based on where they lived.
The world is a very different place than it was in the 1800s. We now have cars, phones, computers, and the internet. There’s no longer any justification for assigning children to schools based on where they live instead of their needs. Yet so-called progressives inexplicably balk at progressing beyond ZIP-code assigned schools to a model that lets funding follow students to educational environments that work for them.
Early calls for education choice focused on vouchers and charter schools. These were great advances compared to the government monopoly that restricted students to assigned district schools. With vouchers, families could choose […]
We Often Feel Like David Taking on Giants
Today’s Goliath is the Mainstream Media Industrial Complex that brainwashes the masses.
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