Myth 1: Education choice does not benefit rural students

Myth 1: Education choice does not benefit rural students

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Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 10, 2022
Kaitlyn Shepherd
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January 10, 2022

This excerpt was taken from “Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho.” Read IFF's full analysis online at: https://idahofreedom.org/research/myth-educated/

Fact: Education choice helps rural students who are not adequately served by their local public school by expanding the number of educational opportunities available to them and enabling them to supplement the limited opportunities available at public schools.

“Regardless of a rural student’s access to other brick and mortar schools, education choice expands the number of available educational opportunities. Because of their limited size and capabilities, rural schools often struggle to offer a wide variety of curricular options, such as AP classes, foreign language opportunities, or dual enrollment credit. Education choice programs, however, offer interested students the opportunity to take online courses, attend a trade or alternative school, or save for future college expenses.

Fortunately, access to online education programs and materials is improving. Innovation is greatly expanding internet access for rural communities even though broadband access and internet speeds are still problems in some areas. New internet providers like Starlink are expanding connectivity in remote communities.

Education choice scholarships can even be used to supplement the costs of computer hardware and technological devices to improve a rural student’s access to online options. In addition, choice programs can be used to finance educational options that do not require internet connectivity at all. For example, families can hire private tutors, act as the primary educator themselves, or purchase textbooks and curricula that do not require the use of the internet.”

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  • Bobby W says:

    Answer this question, please, IFF: Do you receive any funds whatsoever from companies in the education industry? For example, curriculum developers? Hoffman? I'm sure you read these, should I speculate on the answer if you give none?

  • Bee says:

    'Education choice' should not be limited to brick and mortar schools anywhere.

  • Bruce Hendricks says:

    The bottom line is that people should have the greatest amount of choice possible as to how their children are educated. The fact that advocates of the government school monopoly fight tooth and nail against educational choice is an indication that they know what a massive failure it has been in truly educating children. Government schools have certainly not been a failure in churning out "graduates" who have no ability to use reason and logic to think clearly. The results of that "success" are on display daily. IFF and similar groups need to continue to advocate for the widest educational choice possible. Ultimately it may come down to people voting with their feet and money and opt out of the God awful government schools. It cannot happen soon enough.

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