Driving School Choice
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently told the Brookings Institution that school choice was akin to choosing between ride-sharing apps. But more worrisome was her implicit, disjointed, and ahistorical proposal for a wholesale re-visioning of the purpose and function of education in a democratic society.
In this vision, education is no longer a public good but rather a commodity. Families are positioned as consumers in an educational marketplace, responsible for interpreting a proliferation of data sources as they navigate a complex school system, or multiple parallel systems, governed by a logic of competition. That parents and young people will experience the process of school choice as empowering is taken for granted.