Knowledge Barriers to School Choice

The knowledge barriers that exist are the lack of understanding of how and why school choice works.  The often-rancorous debate over school choice has led to the creation and propagation of a number of myths regarding expanded educational freedom and its effects on students, teachers, and the government school system as a whole.  For many, especially those who oppose school choice, these myths unfortunately have become the "conventional wisdom."

Following is a list of 13 of the most common of these myths, along with the facts that reveal them to be distorted, misleading, or just outright false characterizations of school choice.  In addition, questions to ask and challenge choice opponents are provided.  Advocates, activists, and debaters should weave these facts into their public and private arguments to help dispel these myths and explain the benefits of educational choice and competition for students, parents, teachers, and the community as a whole.

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