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

From: Miriam English (
Date: Fri Aug 24 2001 - 10:44:10 MDT

At 09:23 AM 24/08/2001 -0400, Jerry Mitchell wrote:
>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!

So you reckon that people at the bottom of the economic ladder should get
to send their kids to the same kind of school that they do now but pay for it?

OK. :-) Do you remember why these people are called poor? It is because
they don't have money. Given the choice between putting food on the table
and getting their kids some kind of education, guess which will get dropped.

If the upper classes don't want a poverty-stricken class that is self
perpetuating, hates the rich vehemently, and is a breeding ground for
disease and warped memes, then they need to do the sensible and humane
thing and ensure that kids of the poor have a chance at a better life.
Often the only way to do that is to give them a good education -- free.

I have nothing against private education, but it is not the solution to all
educational needs. Likewise free market economics can be extremely useful,
but there are definite limits to its usefulness.


         - Miriam

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A. They are both purple... except for the elephant.
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