In a system driven by
the demands of parents and students, many of whom do not really know what is
best for them, won't schools that are unsound but superficially attractive
a choice system driven partly by the demands of some frivolous parents might
encourage the development of academically unworthy schools offering easy
courses, no homework, and diplomas for all who stay four years, competition
would tend to drive unworthy schools out of business over time. Parents and
students would quickly learn that the schools conducting flashy, superficial
programs were awarding degrees that employers and colleges did not respect, and
providing "educations" that left students unable to function effectively as
adults. Parents and students would quickly discover that schools offering more
effective and no less interesting programs were more deserving of support.
Ultimately there is no reason to believe that parents would not choose those
schools with a proven record of educating students with the particular interests
and capabilities of their children.