Parental involvement, parental involvement, parental involvement. Listen carefully to the advocates of RUSD, and you will hear lots of talk about the importance of parental involvement. And they are right of course. Parents do need to be involved in their children's education.
However, I am quite sure they don't really mean it. After all, the most important decision an involved parent can make is to decide where to send their child to school. And the same people who lecture us about the importance of parental involvement are the ones who will fight to prevent parents from making the most important decision that they can make regarding their child's education.
If people really wanted parental involvement in education, they would work to ensure that parents have the ability to choose the right school for their child. In other words, they would support school choice. And until they do, all their talk about parental involvement is just that, talk.