A Call for Reform: Empowering Parents

We need to return power, authority, and responsibility to parents, rather than leaving it vested in politicians and administrators. Parents have the responsibility for the welfare of their children. As choice options have become more widespread, it is apparent that parents are eager to accept the responsibility for their children’s schooling. The problems of our existing public education system—the increase of violence in the schools, the breakdown of communication between students’ homes and the school, the inconsistent level of graduating students’ basic skills—all point to an enervated, overburdened system that needs more than increased funding, administrative tinkering, or pedagogical experimentation. It needs wholesale change in which students and their parents can become an integral part of a new system—a dynamo of improvement.