What are the implications of increased school choice in American Education?

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There will not be one definitive answer to this question.  At any point in which implications are addressed, the landscape becomes challenging and intricate.  On one hand, I think that the implications of increased school choice in American Education is to expand the power of individual families.  When families are not bound by neighborhood and geographical realities, it is argued, a greater sense of control and autonomy in the direct education of children is evident.  Part of the rationale for school choice is that it empowers the "consumer" in that they are not limited to have to accept what is and can embrace what can be.  In this, one of the implications of expanded school choice would be to increase this power.  At the same time, I think that a competing implication of increased school choice would be the idea that public institutions can be compromised.  Advocates of public education would clearly argue that a democratic nation cannot advance without a substantial commitment to public education.  School choice, it is argued, takes away from that as it imposes a free market model to the institution of education, which should be free from such realities.  Education, it is suggested, is not a business and should not be treated as one.  Accordingly, the implications of increased school choice would be to take away from the presence and commitment to public schooling.

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