The public school system of Louisiana has been getting a failing grade for some time now. That’s why Governor Bobby Jindal pushed a voucher program on his state. Considered to be the most sweeping voucher system in the country, it is costing Louisiana millions of dollars but is drawing bad reviews. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones wrote a great story about this voucher system last July. In it, he noted about the voucher movement:
“… (its Achilles heel is) its virulent opposition to holding private schools to the same standards as public schools. In some places this means not requiring students to take standardized tests at all, while in other places — like Louisiana — it means requiring the tests but not using them to evaluate how well schools are doing. In other words, they want taxpayer dollars without being accountable to taxpayers.
Let’s add to that concern the fact that the voucher schools are almost exclusively religious in nature. Basically, these are private schools being funded by public money with no standards or accountability. Part of the agenda of voucher schools – at least for the religious ones – is indoctrination. You know, brainwashing.