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Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho

By Kaitlyn Shepherd & Anna K. Miller

Every student is unique, and each one possesses a distinctive combination of skills, interests, aspirations, and goals. All students deserve the flexibility to choose the method of education that best suits their needs and prepares them to succeed in their future endeavors. 

The flexibility to empower students in this way can be achieved through education choice. Education choice refers to the idea that families should be able “to choose the best educational fit for their children,” whether that be a public, private, charter, or home school, online learning, or a combination of various options.

However, any effort to implement education choice policies is usually met with opposition because of prevailing myths that are perpetuated by its opponents. These myths impede productive discussion about education policy and prevent the implementation of meaningful reforms. They must be addressed, examined, and debunked before change can move forward. This brief addresses five common myths concerning education choice in Idaho and presents the arguments and evidence to debunk them.

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