As a Baltimore city homeowner and taxpayer, I'm tired of spending a per pupil fortune and then ending up with the dismal results we do. Unlike Professor Howell Baum ("School choice is bad for us," Commentary, Dec. 30), I see no harm in school choice if it means most kids graduate, test scores rise and once again Baltimore has a productive work force.
I don't care about "societal interests" if they end up damaging education outcome. And what's so horrible about folks wanting to be with those who share similar values? Professor Baum is obviously a fan of social engineering. Parents have a right and, yes, a duty to do what's best for their children. This is nothing to sneer at, but something to embrace. Children whose families care about them are more important to society than children that have been turned into experimental lab animals.