If you ever wanted a clear example of what school choice advocates mean when they complain about the mindset of teacher’s unions in opposing vouchers and parent’s choice in their child’s schooling, look no further. Straight from the horses (Louisiana Association of Educators Executive Director Michael Walker Jones) mouth:
“If I’m a parent in poverty I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day to day,” Jones said. “The idea of parents making decisions simply based on choice is the abandonment of public schools,” Jones said. He later added, “That’s not education reform, that’s just privatization.”
In other words: Parents, your children will go to the schools I tell them to regardless of your preferences (which you’re probably incapable of having anyway).
As of Tuesday night, January 24, 2012 Jones still has his job. Is this what the teachers he represents believe as well? That’s a scary thought. If not, why haven’t they called for his removal? Hopefully he’ll do the honorable thing and resign. What possible explanation can he have for his outrageously offensive remarks above, as reported by the Times-Picayune? If you would like to voice your displeasure with Dr. Jones please write him here firstname.lastname@example.org or call his office at 225-343-9243 x104. Let us know in the comments what you hear.
Fortunately, people like Jones are losing the battle over education in New Orleans and Louisiana. For an example of better news, check out this reason.tv video shot in New Orleans just last week at the kickoff for National School Choice Week.
Another reason.tv video explaining the national developments in school choice.