Monday, May 21, 2007

One of My Reasons Against Vouchers, From the Book of Mormon

3 Nephi 6

12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their ariches and their chances for learning; yea, some were bignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great clearning because of their riches.
13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and apersecution and all manner of bafflictions, and would not turn and crevile again, but were humble and penitent before God.
14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the *thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and athey would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all bdiligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
This is one of those times where it just comes together nicely. My opposition to vouchers is based almost entirely on the previously outlined on this blog: the fact they have not been proven to work; the fact that public schools are proven to work; the fact that school choice exists, etc. This scripture just reiterates some of the reasoning behind not setting up a two-tier system. For a better argument, read what someone smarter and more experienced than I wrote.


Anonymous said...

This is a very humorous reason to oppose vouchers because what is being described here in 3rd Nephi is the public school status quo. Schools are segregated by neighborhoods and family income. Always have been, always will be.

Public schools have been proven to "work" even though spending is way up and performance is flat and mediocre by international standards (please don't repeat the urban legend that only the elite are being tested in other countries because that simply is not true.)

WP said...

No, really the Nephites had vouchers and that was one of the several reasons their society deteriorated. It was on the Plates of Lehi, not the small plates of Nephi.