Sophia: Where'm I gonna to go to school?
Creighton: Tulane's working on something for faculty kids. Lusher.
Sophia: Lusher's not a high school, Daddy.
Creighton: They're adding high school.
Sophia: Plus it's public.
Creighton: Not anymore, it's charter.
Sophia: Where are they going to put the high school?
Creighton: They're taking over Fortier.
Sophia: What about the Fortier kids? Where are they going to go?
Creighton: Somewhere else, I guess.
Sophia: That's not fair.
Creighton: Probably not. That's where we're at now. You want to go to school in New Orleans? So this is how it works. It's a zero-sum world, honey. Somebody wins. Somebody loses.
Part of the reason why I am so appalled by Democrats' support of charter schools is that it is pompous, yet poorly disguised social Darwinism that helps a fraction of the children that require help. It's a zero-sum equation packaged and branded as an opportunity for a disadvantaged generation.
Yet, because of government subsidies, a lot of Democrats (let alone Republicans) stand to make a lot of money off the charter "movement," which exploits the desperation that many parent feel about public schools. I don't know which is more despicable: Republicans, who celebrate the zero-sum game, or Democrats, who participate in under the guise of helping a tiny sliver of the truly disadvantaged for the empty symbolism and the economic opportunities.