We believe now is our opportunity to change the paradigm of educating our children in Tennessee. Parents should be given the funds to choose the free market school that will best fit the needs for their individual child. Government, at all levels, from federal to local must be removed from any other involvement in education beyond the voucher.
Too many public school parents admit public education “in general” is failing, but “their school” is great. Compared to what? There is no lack of information to prove this statement patently false:the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in mathematics1; US News & World Report’s ranks Tennessee 36th 2; Tennessee’s composite ACT score ranks it fourth from the bottom of the nation3; In the 2009 SAT Scores Tennessee students rank 38th in critical reading, 36th in mathematics & 42nd in writing4. In fact, there are such copious amounts of facts, statistics, and free market models to prove US students are falling behind their global counterparts in general and Tennessee students failing specifically, one might wonder where these parents have been. But in their defense the general media has been a friend to the government run school model and only within the last year have we seen a willingness to admit the failure of our education system (and suffer the wrath of the teacher’s union leadership).
TN School Choice is our attempt to encourage and empower all Tennesseans to fight for the best education opportunities for their children by sharing information with them that they may use to convince their friends, family and state representatives to join the fight for school choice and to help Tennessee’s children compete in an ever changing and increasingly technical global economy.
The possibilities are endless. You see in other countries with free market/voucher systems high schools which have curriculum which specialize in careers fields such as medicine, science, arts, and computer sciences or high school paths with training in a technical field or trades since not all persons desire the university path; home school and internet education support & programs; schools for children with learning disabilities; schools specializing in helping at risk children or children with behavioral issues. The possibilities are only limited by our current education model and funding. Just imagine the benefits to our state and economy if we had the best education system in the US.
We are a mere two people with day jobs and this site will be an ongoing process. As we said the information available on education is endless and frankly at times overwhelming and often consists of hundred page studies that have only a paragraph of truly useful information. We are going to attempt to post as much as we can as fast as we can with a priority on any Tennessee education legislation. We heartily welcome your support in sending us links to information important to our efforts in fighting for a free market, consumer based education system in Tennessee. We would rather get the same information 30 times than miss an important story or legislation alert!!!
- The 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial assessment that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) administers to students in its member and partner countries. It is the world’s most comprehensive and rigorous comparison of international student achievement; participating countries make up nearly 90 percent of the world’s economy.
- From the OECD 2009 PISA Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in mathematics which is not significantly changed since the last time the report was conducted in 2006. Countries that landed in the top ten for all three disciplines include South Korea, Finland, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
- US News & World Report’s rankings for America’s Best High Schools: State-by-State Statistics Posted December 9, 2009 ranks Tennessee 36th.
- From 2009 to 2010, Tennessee’s composite ACT score dropped from 20.6 to 19.6, ranking it fourth from the bottom of the nation.
- NCES SAT mean scores of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1987-88 through 2008-09