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The Case Against School Vouchers, by Edd Doer, Albert J. Menendez and John Swormley is an enlightening book that I would reccommend. This text gives persuasive arguments against school vouchers for private schools. The first thing to impress me about this book was the 85 year combined knowledge and expetise of the authors. They were also able to state their case based on facts and reasearch rather than opinionated rhetoric.

When I first read this book, I admittedly read through the eyes of someone ignorant of school vouchers and the heated debate about the subject matter. I was very surprised to learn that this subject of controversy "has raged on since the early nineteenth century."

In the introduction the authors give 20 points of argument against tuition vouchers. Out of the 20, I was in agreement with 19. The authors brought up the point that vouchers promoters complain about being double taxed.(Once for the taxes which pay for public school and again for tuition of private school.) I thought this to be true and looked forward to the authors giving a healthy rebuttal; however, they did not. The authors do on the other hand offer some eye opening facts about private schools including the percentage of children who attend private school in the United States and the consensus of the American population (when asked the question properly)

While reading the introduction, I found myself perplexed. I was sure that state funds should not be used to pay for private school; but how does the state mandate a curriculum for the students in private schools? How does the state ensure every fourth grader has been introduced to the same subjects of learning such as Math, English, Social Studies, and Science with out the contributions of funds? As I read on, I found the section on text books. This in my opinion seemed to be the most capturing part of the book. The book discusses how some text books used in private schools use biased or sarcastic tones when conveying lessons. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are remembered in a less than glowing light. Other text books teach "praise of J. Edgar Hoover because he understood the importance of maintaining America's traditional moral values." Other text books teach that "most labor strikes in our history have been immoral."

This book addresses another compelling issue: parental choice. Should parents be able to choose the school their child attends? The author does a brilliant job of posing both sides of the issue.

Overall, the book has many page turning points and is laced with facts and research. The authors are careful to present research from various polls and organization from different states and years.

Their argument is strong and succinct. They present the argument in a professional tone and let their work and research speak for itself. I highly recommend this text. - Reviewer: Monica_A_Abrams@fc3.fcps.k12.va.us from Virginia.

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