Scott Rowed wrote the following op-ed for Fast Forward Weekly in 2012 examining how school choice and competition has impacted public education in Alberta. Any numbers and stats reflect 2012 data. Thanks to Scott for letting us repost!
School choice. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The idea is often linked to the concept that competition improves the quality of education. Alberta is certainly taking a leadership role in this, with taxpayers funding public, separate, private, charter, alternative and home schooling. But is the system fair to all? Does competition really improve learning? There is reason to think not. Indeed, it’s time to recognize that school choice is not always benign, that it favours some families at the expense of others, and is a threat to public education.