“At first we felt like we had no other choices,” writes Nashville dad Antjuan Welch about the anxiety that he and his wife initially faced after becoming disappointed with the neighborhood school their son attended when they first moved into the city.
Antjuan’s op-ed in the Tennessean, a powerful testament to the power of school choice, tells the story of how his family was able to take control of their son’s education.
Antjuan and his wife knew they needed to find a school that was a better fit for their son’s learning needs.
My wife (who is really the hero here) managed to find a list of free school options available in Nashville. We started visiting these schools, and eventually settled on a charter school, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary.
We didn’t go out looking for a charter school, but once we realized school is a choice, we wanted to pick a school that was the best fit for our son.
The choice conversation too often focuses on ideology and politics, instead of service to families. Parents rarely focus on governance when looking for a school. Like Antjuan, they just want the ability to choose a school that’s good for their child.
We refused to waste our son’s early grades in a school that didn’t meet our standards simply because we lived closest to its location.
We live close to dozens of restaurants we would never eat in because they don’t meet our standards of nutrition and cleanliness, so why would we send our precious son to a school that didn’t meet our expectations?
For our family, the ability to choose our school truly made a difference.