Ralph Northam on Educational Opportunity – Good For Me But Not For Thee

Let’s bring mjölnir down on this real quick.

Ralph Northam wants to talk education. Pre-K in particular. At a Jefferson Davis/Stonewall Jackson Democratic fundraiser this weekend, Northam made the following comments. The real gem is at the 2:20 mark.

“If my wife and I had the means to send our children to pre-k and our neighbors don’t, that’s where the gap between the haves and have nots start…”

But that’s not where it continues or ends. That gap widens if children are stuck in bad school systems.

So what about the private schools where Northam sent his kids? Shouldn’t his neighbors have the same opportunities? Shouldn’t we want to narrow this gap between the haves and the have nots?

This is important because of the hysteria from Ralph Northam, the Democrat Party and their allies over the last week.

You see, the other week E.W. Jackson spoke in an interview about working to ensure there were greater opportunities for more parental choice in education – including homeschooling options, private school, charter schools, etc.

The gist was this: let the dollars follow the child and let parents, not politicians, determine the best way to educate their children.

Seems pretty straight forward, right?

Not really.

Ralph Northam and his allies in the VEA went on the offensive, stating that Jackson’s proposal (of which there isn’t one yet) would cost 1700 teaching jobs or $100 million in new taxes. Where’d they get these numbers? *shrugs* But they’re scary, aren’t they?

Here’s the problem: When you take kids out of the system you take the costs associated with them as well. So providing children opportunities in the private sector means a smaller student body dependent on the supposedly over taxed system. It also means more opportunities for educators in the private sector, so, hey, job creation!

Michael Fletcher over at Bearing Drift wrote a great piece and it’s worth reading the entire thing:

While the left wants to make this about the funding of the education establishment, Jackson is looking out for what is best for the child and the parents.

E.W. Jackson believes in empowering parents to have access to all available educational opportunities.

My child, my choice…right? Oh…yeah…

The VEA and the education establishment are threatened by this because it threatens the status quo.

To quote Ronald Reagan, “Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”

Parental choice may threaten the status quo, but it will also improve and strengthen Virginia’s educational system. Contrary to what the VEA might tell you it will actually save money in the long run. More importantly it will give children in some of the poorest communities a desperately needed opportunity for a better education.

Jackson suggests that an amendment to the state constitution could allow the General Assembly to enact legislation to put parental choice back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs.

Parental choice would give Virginia’s more than 1.2 million school children the equal opportunity to pursue excellence in education, whether at home, in private schools or in charter schools.

Perhaps a simple math lesson is needed as well. Based on the per pupil cost for education, fewer children would reduce the overall expense of education. Would it not?

Of course it would also greatly reduce the “need” for so many administrators.

Ralph Northam wants a government solution for everyone to close the education gap. But when government fails, he doesn’t want a family driven solution that would provide equal educational opportunity for students from all walks of life across Virginia.

He can afford to give his kids a better chance. Families struggling in Martinsville or Petersburg or Portsmouth don’t have that chance. And won’t if Ralph Northam continues to have his way.


2 thoughts on “Ralph Northam on Educational Opportunity – Good For Me But Not For Thee

  1. The whole point of statism is that people are too stupid to make decisions for themselves and their children. You are too stupid to choose what charities should get your money, so the government has to take it from you and “redistribute” it properly. You are too stupid to choose what light bulbs, toilets, and cars are right for you, so how could you possibly be smart enough to choose a school for your kids?

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