The lottery. The first thought that comes to mind is, WINNER! You enter a lottery with the mindset that you have the chance of winning; money, car, or house? But how about entering a lottery in the hopes of getting a good education? You don’t have a goal of wanting to win money, you just want your child to have the best possible chance of succeeding.
We all know the American public school system is not up to par. It is failing our children every day, and there has not been much successful action to change it. The countries new attempt at fixing the education of our children is charter schools, a new innovative way in leading the “change” for public schools. Sound too good to be true? Well your right! The catch is that charter schools are not open for all children. There is limited room, so there is only space for limited students. You actually have to enter a lottery for each charter school you wish to have your child attend, and then you wait. Each charter school has their own random selection process, and the result is only a few lucky winners out of thousands. The winners get to start their next school year at a new charter school with a bright future, and the non winners go back to their failing schools. It is astonishing to actually feel that in order to receive the best education, you feel the need to apply to charter schools because your own school is lacking.
The statistics show that charter schools do have successful results, children are more likely to graduate, results are higher than public schools, students are passing classes. But what about the rest of the public school students? So charter schools are successful for the few students that are lucky enough to attend, what about the majority of the students who didn’t win? They are the losers, they return to the schools that are not succeeding and fall back into the unnoticed cracks. What is going to be done for them? Like Joann Weiner, contributor to Women Up and author of Charter School Lottery Gambles With Futures “it becomes painfully clear early on that lottery winners gain a ticket to success, while the losers are doomed to an inferior public school education.” We cannot let this be the future for our children.
Why doesn’t the government take the money, time, attention, and effort they put towards the limited number of charter schools and try to re-innovate, reenergize, and restructure all the struggling public schools (because that is where the majority of our students are at and that is where we are failing them). I believe that we need stop creating new programs, schools, regulations with our nations education and actually dive head first into fixing the schools we already have. Stop making plans for new programs to start with incoming kindergartners, and help the current students! Don’t create schools that offer the best, just to limit the number of students that can be admitted. We can’t let this continue, ALL children deserve a bright successful academic future, not just the lucky ones.
What are your feelings about the new charter school system and lottery?
Do you think this is a good start for changing the public school system?
Would you want to enter the lottery for your child?