January 31, 2012

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaks at The Heritage Foundation.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaks at The Heritage Foundation.

The free market system has served America well and provides valuable lessons for advancing education policies, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said last week at The Heritage Foundation.

DeMint  spoke at Heritage to mark the release of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Report Card on American Education and National School Choice Week.

This report ranks America’s K-12 school systems according to their overall performance and progress, as well as any reforms and education policies enacted within the past year.

DeMint rejects the “top-down” model of severely limited educational choices. Instead, he embraces the concept of individual empowerment to produce better results:

America doesn’t work unless it works at the individual level, and it can’t work at the individual level unless we have the best education system in the world. And we can if we use the models that work in America that make us exceptional. And that is a decentralized model with individuals making their own decision about what they value.

Today the school choice movement has an all time high awareness level. As DeMint noted:

If we don’t assume that public education means government education, if we assume that public education means the best that America can give to every student in the country, if that’s how we think about education, we will have the best education in the world.

Why do you believe the school choice movement is important?

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