Skip to comments.Education: Too Important for a Government Monopoly
Posted on 02/20/2010 1:37:57 PM PST by Neil Peart
The government-school establishment has said the same thing for decades: Education is too important to leave to the competitive market. If we really want to help our kids, we must focus more resources on the government schools.
But despite this mantra, the focus is on something other than the kids. When The Washington Post asked George Parker, head of the Washington, D.C., teachers union, about the voucher program there, he said: "Parents are voting with their feet. ... As kids continue leaving the system, we will lose teachers. Our very survival depends on having kids in D.C. schools so we'll have teachers to represent."
How revealing is that?
Since 1980, government spending on education, adjusted for inflation, has nearly doubled. But test scores have been flat for decades.
(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...
This is one area where Obama’s admin is at odds with his base and somewhat in step with the right. Arne Duncan is the nation’s leading supporter of charter schools. Much to the chagrin and anger of public teacher unions, including my own, the UFT, and the majority of public school teachers. If you were to go on NYC teacher boards you will find anger and disbelief that Obama has throw them under the bus and has throw in with the likes of the Thomas Fordham Foundation.
Its simple . . .
If government is put in charge of education, then those who control government (bureaucrats, politicians and their patrons) will run education based on what is in their own best interests and not in the best interest of either the taxpayer, the school children, or the parents. Another reason to keep the school and the state separate.
This is typical of elitists, who believe that parents, especially poor ones, can’t make good choices about their kids’ education.
According to the Marxist elite, a 12 year old girl is mature enough to choose a competent abortionist for an invasive surgical pregnancy termination, but her parents are too dumb to use a voucher.
Go figure! ( sigh!)
This is so insulting to parents that it is unreal! The “state” really does want to be the parents to our children. They really believe that children need saving from their inept parents.
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Yikes, what a revealing article. At least the truth will out. One benefit to the rash of teacher/sexual predator stories is that it will break the sacrosanct position of teachers in society.
They are self-serving true believers in the cause and uniquely unqualified to “raise up” children.
“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to create a menace to society” - Teddy Roosevelt.
Libertarians tend to be friendly towards the homeschool movement and there tends to be partial overlap between them.
That’s because there tends to be a non-conformist steak in every homeschooler. There has to be in order to buck so much social and peer pressure to stick your kids in public schools.
Most homeschoolers I know would be more properly classified as conservatives than libertarians.
When Baby Chan was born, Mrs Chan and I swore together that we would eat grass before his shadow would darken the door of a non-Charter public school.
He currently attends a parochial nursery school. Cost? A lot. But worth every penny.