Re: NOW(-ish): Education

Randall Randall (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 01:35:07 -0500

I've lately thought that on Tue, 30 Mar 1999, Ross A. Finlayson wrote:
>Jocelyn Brown wrote:

>> BTW, are you actually in favor of the notion of compulsory education?
>Absolutely. Compulsory education through to the threshold of adulthood is

By all means, let's make sure those kids get to practice some valuable prison skills! :-/

>> >pleased all the time. That said, free public education is the backbone of
>> >America.
>> Unless I hallucinated my last property tax bill, public education is far
>> from
>> free.

>If you ever go to class at a public school, you'll notice it's free, and

Didn't she just say she paid for it? How can it be free and costly at once?

>Part of our taxes goes to blatant pork overspending on military hammers and
>coffemakers, this has gotten somewhat better over the past ten years maybe, but
>gross inefficiency is much more prevalent in other sectors of the government
>than education, which returns marvelous returns of value for costs.

I think if you compare public and private schools, you'll see just how bad the return on investment is.

>Paying for education is part of the social contract.

What contract? I didn't sign no stinkin' contract.

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