Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Warren Buffet: 'Make Private Schools Illegal'

Will Throwing Money at Schools Really Help?

The answer to this question is a resounding 'yes,' but it's not just education researchers who are pointing out the common sense behind the economic segregation that has children living in the same neighborhood attending drastically different educational institutions, namely public and private.

I had heard someone discuss Warren Buffet's solution to raising the quality of our public schools and I found it in an article on Spotlightonpoverty.org. In the article, Buffet's comments enunciate what many fiscally conservatives who educate their children in private institutions already know, but choose to ignore:

"“Make private schools illegal,” he said, “and assign every child to a public school by random lottery.” Think about what this would mean. CEOs’ children, diplomats’ children, many would be going to schools in Anacostia and east of the river, where most of our schools are. I guarantee we would never see a faster moving of resources from one end of the city to the other. I also guarantee we would soon have a system of high-quality schools."

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