Opinion: Why "charity" in education may be unkind

02/28/2008 | Teacher Magazine (free registration)

Depending on "charity," be it in the form of federal grants or school vouchers, puts educational standards at risk, writes Mary Tedrow, a Virginia high-school English and journalism teacher. Not only is "the good that is done ... unevenly distributed," there is "the contingent effect on public policy," Tedrow says. "Why shape policy to reflect justice if someone is willing to stand in to fill some of the gap with a plug of money?"

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