May 20, 2009

Quote o' the Day

Comes from blogger Paul Lambert:
Should there even be such as thing as public schools - that is, school systems which are funded by taxes, managed by elected officials, and which have near exclusive rights to provide service to assigned geographic areas?

My answer to that question would be "NO!"

If this kind of system works so well, why don't we use it for food distribution? Instead of taking your own cash and going to the supermarket of your choice, everyone would be issued food coupons that could be used only at the government-operated commissary in your local community. You could choose not to use the coupons, and go to a private supermarket and pay cash, but you would be paying for the food coupons anyway. It would be hard for most to pay cash for food at the private supermarket when it seems free at the public commissary.

That is, of course, not what we do. Consumers take their cash and go to the supermarket of their own choice. Supermarkets compete with each other by offering choices in terms of variety, quality, convenience and price. And for those people in our society who cannot afford adequate food, we give them vouchers - called food stamps - which they can spend anywhere they like. The government sticks to the task of making sure everyone can buy food, and the food industry takes care of putting food on the shelves.

Why not the same thing with schools?


HokiePundit said...

1. Don't tempt them. It's been occurring to me lately that as tempting as sarcasm is, clarity, steadfastness, and enthusiasm are much more important in a time when most of us are already jaded to so much.

2. Public education is okay as a backstop when it's not used as a vehicle for brainwashing; this was the original role of such schools in America, where if you could possibly avoid it you sent your children to what we today would consider a private school. Ideally, parents and the Church would be providing the education, and they tend to do a better job than the government. Public schooling, while a noble idea in origin, is so fraught with restraints and assumed obligations that it's simply too unwieldy.

TS said...

Hey Robert, long time no see! I don't think you've been blogging for long while.

Re: when it's not used as a vehicle for brainwashingI wonder how it can be other than that nowadays, given that to exclude religion from the public schools seems almost a form of brainwashing. They say the only way to avoid metaphysics is to say nothing, but...