The future of public education in America is tied to vouchers. The question is whether that's a positive move or just another hollow promise. The purpose of VoucherSchool.com is to educate and inform. The writing on this site is assuming the ultimate goal of those in favor of a "full voucher" system is to provide one voucher per student to be used however the parents of that child want to use it, thus making it full school choice, as well. A system like this has merits and challenges, winners and losers.
Plenty of people will tell you what they want you to believe, using data to back up their assertions. Keep in mind that data is often skewed and is certainly only used when it benefits those doing the writing. With that in mind, we want to develop a website with as many questions as answers, since those who want vouchers and those who want to fight them should be the ones who have answers for you
After viewing hundreds of Wisconsin school district pages, one fact is apparent: school districts are trying to operate with their heads in the sand, avoiding the inevitable. Websites look disorganized and unprofessional, as if the districts are in the process of throwing every idea at the problem, not knowing which one will work. They're forgetting the key to winning a battle for their existence, which is positive public opinion. With websites designed by Passive Ninja, they might have a chance, but with half-developed sites mostly linking to outsourced material, districts are waving the white flag.
The number of businesses already benefiting from outsourcing education is high, but it will likely only rise. As districts lose clout, funding, and effectiveness, private entities will benefit. Educabana is an example of one of these companies, poised to capture opportunities to fill gaps in an underfunded school system. Teachers and students will have a chance to excel, but it might be up to the individual to figure it all out in the future.
As a teacher, as a parent, or as a student, the age of the voucher school is an age of change. If you're not ready, you either must prepare for the change or fight against it. Voucher School is here to give you an idea what might be changing and what you might be able to do about it.
My friend and I were visiting the other day when I asked about his white laptop cover. I wondered why it was white, since most covers are cool-looking cheap plastic that add personalized design to laptops. He showed me his Cranium Hard Screen Protector for 11.6" Acer C720 C720p C740 Chromebook Laptop. It's way beyond plastic color. It performs a task and does it economically. For a better deal on shipping, order a 10-pack.
I wanted to test it out. He said it would protect the screen from bending and breaking, not the glass side from cracking, which is a separate item. The Cranium sticks to the back, not the front. It sticks forever because teachers know that students will take them off and then knock into a desk. So the Cranium is permanent, but it's cheap insurance for under $20.
The screen did not flex one bit when I carried it the way an uncaring student might. I've used Chromebooks, and I have seen the screens flex a lot. Next, he told me to smash it against the table. Crazy, but I did it, and the laptop still worked. A plastic cover would have broken into pretty, colorful pieces. The Cranium, made from PVC and aluminum and stuck to the screen, just does its job.
Anyone with an Acer 720 or 740 needs a Cranium to protect the laptop. It's a simple choice to be part of your school supply list, which won't even need to include a portable whiteboard, since that's built in. And it won't have to include extra money for a screen that has been bent, either.