This is an earlier piece in The Atlantic by Stephen Lurie who reminds us that there is no constitutional right to a quality education in the U.S. According to a 2012 report that looks at global rankings of education systems, it finds that out of 40 countries, the U.S. education system ranks 17. Moreover, those countries that outperform us have a constitutional or statutory commitment to it as a fundamental guarantee.
What to do? Well it's clear that we need to strengthen the movement in the U.S. to make it a constitutional right via an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Lurie also admonishes us to be mindful of bureaucratic fixes embodied in NCLB and ESSA that are doomed to failure since their respective premises are not founded on education as a fundamental guarantee. This is a re-stating or re-casting of the "opportunity to learn" problem that makes student mastery in all subjects unachievable.
What is interesting and important to consider is how parental choice discourse that plays out in pro-voucher and pro-charter movements are ultimately not about all children's rights to a quality education, but rather about parents' rights to a marketplace of options in public education.
Against this backdrop of what should arguably be a constitutionally guaranteed right with respect to the moral reasoning behind choice arguments themselves.
Let's not lose sight of the prize here my friends and let's take up the cause of a constitutionally guaranteed right to a quality education for all of our children.
Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right.