One well-known economist just exposed presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden, showing that the former vice president’s education policy would seem to suggest that he doesn’t care about minorities as much as he claims that he does.
In an opinion piece for Fox News, economist Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Insitute and a former student of the great economist Milton Friedman, demonstrated that Biden’s position on charter schools just doesn’t square with his claim that he is the candidate of American minorities.
It just doesn’t make sense
Recently, Biden came out against charter schools, saying that “no private charter school – would receive a penny of federal money,” if he were president. As Sowell points out in his article, this is a curious position for a candidate to take who claims to be for minorities.
Charter schools, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, “are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs.” And, they really work.
“[O]fficial statistics show that students in charter schools in Harlem and other low-income minority communities in New York City pass the statewide mathematics tests at a rate more than 6 times the rate at which traditional public school students, housed in the same buildings, pass the same test,” Sowell writes.
If this is true – that charter school students significantly outperform their public school counterparts – then we are left with this question: why is Biden, who claims to be for the betterment of minorities, against charter schools?
Here’s the unsurprising answer
It’s because Biden doesn’t care about the education of minorities. He cares about getting elected, and as Sowell notes, it is the teachers’ unions that vote and it is the teachers’ unions that have money to give to Biden 2020.
“A majority of the students in charter schools are either Black or Hispanic, and they usually live in low-income communities,” Sowell explains. “So teachers unions’ opposition to charter schools is directly in conflict with the interests of low-income minority students. But low-income minority students do not vote, and their parents do not donate millions of dollars to political campaigns.”
It makes a lot of sense.
The current state of affairs
Sowell went on to explain why it is that teachers’ unions are against charter schools. He also went into how charter schools are growing at a much higher rate than traditional public schools, and that the cause of this rising popularity is simply that they are successful.
While the hard facts are on the side of the charter schools, the rhetoric and the politics favor the unionized traditional public schools. Everything depends on how many of the facts reach how many minority group parents, and how many other people who still believe that schools should serve the interests of the students, rather than the interests of teachers unions.
The stakes could not be higher for minority youngsters, for whom a decent education is often their one best chance for a better life.
After listening to Sowell, it is hard to understand how any minority voters would be willing to vote for Biden.