RE: Paying for Schools (was: SOCIETY: Re: The privatization of public security)

From: Jerry Mitchell (
Date: Fri Aug 24 2001 - 07:23:14 MDT

> >From: "Mitchell, Jerry (3337)" <>
> >You neglect the impact of economies of scale. Right now,
> there isnt much
> >of
> >an impact, but if all schools were private, the situation
> would be quite
> >pronounced. Besides, theres no studies that show a difference in the
> >quality
> >of education declining if classroom sizes increase from say
> 30 to 50. It
> >sounds like there should be, but it reality, if you have 30
> students, you
> >dont have a lot of time with individual students anyways.
> Double the size
> >of
> >the class and you can drop prices dramatically.
> Let me be sure I have this straight... You are suggesting
> getting rid of
> (free) public school where the student:teacher ratio is ~
> 30:1 and having
> every family pay $2K - $5K per year (per kid) for a school where the
> student:teacher ratio is 50:1? Is that *really* what you are
> suggesting, or
> am I missing something?
> -Zero

I'm suggesting getting rid of public schools for private and letting the
private school decide how to do its job. If you dont like a low cost, high
volume school, dont go to it. You'll have a choice to go where ever you want
and can afford. Its the same point as to why it cost more now to hire a
private full time tutor then go to private school. If you want to be cheap,
send your kid to the K-mart version (as if those types of schools didn't
already exist). I would expect the norm classroom size to stay about where
it is and the cost of doing it to drop a good chunk with private industry
doing it. Your choice here is McDonalds Hamburgers, eating at nice dinner at
Chilis retaurant, or Filet Mingon from an expensive restaurant. All options
would be available!

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