Letter to the editor: Vouchers and public education

The Tulsa World had an article on Feb. 21 by Corey Holland with this headline, “Vouchers a step in the wrong direction.” It seems Corey is reciting the “gospel” of the national labor unions and federal/state bureaucrats (who say, “all we need is more and more money and more benefits.”)

At one time, education was focused on students and parents. Education was learning. Oklahoma spends $6 billion-plus for public education and they think that is far less than outstanding. Retirement benefits are fine but it is like food – the right amount is great but too much is toxic.

Mr. Holland tells us that when vouchers are issued, we are subsidizing private, religious schools. That’s not so. Vouchers save taxpayers and the State of Oklahoma a ton of money. And many private schools that I have worked with were all accredited by the State Department of Education. Needless to say, there are many fine public schools and many fine private schools and there are some of both that are less than outstanding.

Mr. Holland is correct in saying that vouchers do not nearly pay all the costs of private schools and that is obviously why it saves taxpayers a lot of money. But that is not the principal value of private schools where many poor families get assistance from private donors. The goal is to educate and provide students with an environment that is safe and conducive for learning.

Many parents and students and taxpayers object to public schools insisting that all things developed from the process of evolution. Something crawled on a beach and became a bluebird or a human. There are some forms of evolution but they are minor when it comes to explaining the origin of man. Consider this: “He said that penetration into the mysteries of nature and working them out scientifically shows us and reveals that everything has been (planned) throughout. It reveals to us the thought and wisdom of one who is above that which we find in the orbit of our experience.”

No doubt that man will think this is a quote from a cleric but it is a quote from Albert Einstein – the greatest scientist of the 20th Century.