Should Parents Choose Their Kid's Teacher?

Andy Rotherham says yes. He wrote:

So while “school choice” is hotly debated (next week is National School Choice Week, complete with Bill Cosby’s blessing and events galore,) there are few rallies being held for giving parents the right to choose a particular teacher. That’s because the whole system is stacked against empowering families in this way.

Is this a good idea?

Our middle and high schools are too small for this to happen. A single teacher instructs all the kids in a particular grade. If Ms. X teaches English to 3 sections of 25 kids in Grade 6, there's nobody else teaching that class.

But we just opened an elementary school. There, at least, it would be theoretically possible to have parents choose a teacher.

From a teacher's or administrator's point of view, I can think of at least 3 reasons why schools "frown" on parents requesting individual teachers.

On the other hand, as a parent, I can imagine walking into our local elementary school and doing precisely that.

What do you think?

You can read Andy's whole column here.