Judge’s voucher ruling helps statists tighten their grip on our kids

I am still shaking my head in disbelief at Judge Hobgood’s ruling judgethat school vouchers are “unconstitutional.”  It was more disheartening and appalling to see photos and footage of lefty activists jumping up and down, hugging, and crying tears of joy in reaction to the ruling.   I guess they were overjoyed about how well their judge-shopping worked out. *Screw all of those parents seeking something better for their kids.* 

Let’s look first at the claim that vouchers are “unconstitutional.”  HERE is what the North Carolina constitution says about education:

Sec. 15.  Education.

The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.

A right to a privilege? Holy ‘1984’, Batman!  Did Mr. Orwell help write this section of our state’s constitution?

Vouchers still allow the state to fund and “maintain” education.  They simply throw in the dynamic of allowing families the final say in where that education will take place. It seems to me that the state — with the voucher program in place — is behaving constitutionally.

I got really bored this weekend and tuned into the weekly broadcast of NC Spin. (It was raining outside.)  I got the chance to hear Blinkin’ Chris Fitzsimon, Grandpa Tom, and libertarian-turned-statist publicity hound Bob Orr moan about how wrong it is for government money to go into private hands.  I didn’t hear much moaning from them about ”Smart Start” and “More at Four” blinkimplemented by Govs. Hunt and Easley.  What about food stamps / EBT cards?  Government money is given to those people, and they can choose WHERE they go to get the food they need.  Why not apply that same logic to K-12 education?

Blinkin’ Chris doubled down by complaining that these gosh-darned private schools don’t provide near the quality that state schools do.  I should hope not.  Census data shows that private schools in North Carolina are able to teach students for HALF the per-pupil cost of public schools.  Study after study has shown that the average private school or home-schooled student fares much better after graduation — collegiately and professionally — than the average public school student.money board

I have seen an awful lot of the end-product public K-12 has been churning out.  If public schools were a business, they’d be up to their eyeballs in lawsuits and at risk of going belly-up from dwindling revenue and an evaporating customer base.

In the college courses I’ve been teaching, I’ve encountered kids with high school diplomas who struggle to read the course textbook.  As a result of having taken so many fill-in-the-oval standardized tests, the kids struggle with simple short answer / essay / critical thinking  assignments.  The quality of writing I’m seeing from my students is far surpassed by what I see my friend’s 8 year old (home-schooled) daughter produce.public school

Houston, we have a problem.  We’re tossing a lot of money at an institution that is failing its customers miserably.  What’s that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. 

We seriously need to apply some of the principles of capitalism to the education of our kids. Competition forces various entities in a market to step up their game or go belly up.  The spirit of innovation has helped America and Americans make amazing strides over nearly two and a half centuries.   Let’s inject some of that spirit into the very important task of preparing our next generation for success.  



7 thoughts on “Judge’s voucher ruling helps statists tighten their grip on our kids

  1. The law should be changed to allow voter recall of judges so that we do not have to deal with lefty hacks like Hobgood who want to legislate from the bench. They are an assault on our democracy.

    Public schools are very inefficient. Private schools in my area charge half of what it costs per student for public school education, but get much better results. It is better for both the students and the taxpayers to privatize all education. Give students vouchers and let them attend the school of their choice. Let the overpaid public school bureaucrats try to find a real job.

    Hobgood should be run out of office. When is he up for reelection? There should be an organized campaign to dump him.

  2. This will give a significant boost to home schooling, whose performance still out-paces that of public warehouses … err … schools. An enlightened County populace would support shaping Moore county into a Home Schooling focal point for the state, innovating and enhancing the efforts of parents and groups to educate their children outside the reach of Washington and Raleigh.

  3. Normally, NC Superior Court Judges are fairly conservative and not prone to judicial activism. Thus it is sad to see Judge Hobgood using the bench to vent his political spleen against school choice and educational reform. He has brought discredit upon himself and the judiciary. His playing politics with this case has been all too obvious. Sadly, he has damaged the judiciary in the eyes of many people, particularly the legislature and school reformers. Thankfully, however, the NC Court of Appeals and ultimately the NC Supreme Court will have the final word. I suspect that they will overrule Hobgood’s cheap political stunt. No judge should use the bench to cut a political ad for the discredited teachers’ union. Very disturbing to see a sitting judge resort to such tactics.

    1. It is important to understand that Statists need to diminish our republic when given the opportunity. You can sense the building deterioration of confidence in the people we put in office, entrust with the constitutional execution of their duties. They, like Judge Hobgood are failing us at every turn. For a republic to survive, it requires integrity and adherence to the law, especially by our judges. Remember the name, Hobgood for his next election.

  4. The Devil in disguise. Has Thom Tillis voiced his opinion on this important issue? Home schooling may be the only true option left for those that can’t afford a good private school.

    1. Silent Thom seems to only want to talk about meaningless trivia like ”effectiveness” instead of real issues that matter to conservatives. No wonder conservatives are so cool toward his candidacy. His incompetent handlers are part of the problem, but so is Thom himself.

  5. The real “missing in action” person is our governor. He should be all over this issue. But I forget, he is a Charlotte Republican so I shouldn’t be surprised.

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