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Choice improves education

The juxtaposition of two recent articles "Tuition bill debuts" and "Lens maker settles lawsuit" was an ironic example of how society clearly sees the disadvantages of a monopoly in one case but is blind to the harms of a monopoly in another — the public school system.

National contact lens companies and professional organizations are being sued by 32 states because of their attempts to "avoid competition from their rivals and to preserve their market advantage." Sound familiar? Public education in Utah is fairly good in many ways, but there will always be cases where the needs of certain students will not be met by this overcrowded, overtaxed, overworked monopoly that is resistant to reform.

If we as citizens don't support choice in education, we will condemn our children to the mediocrity of the monopoly.

They protect their "market advantage" because they fear any form of competition. They call other options the "dismantling of public education" as if would cause their extinction. Not so.

Another government monopoly is a good example: When UPS and FedEx began offering us choice in the mail delivery system, the U.S. Postal service not only didn't become extinct, it became more responsive and consumer-friendly.

Aren't you glad you have that choice when you have a little bundle that needs special handling? Choice in education gives that "special handling" to a precious child.

Joan Landes