Re: Paying for Schools (was: SOCIETY: Re: The privatization ofpublic security)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 24 2001 - 15:42:45 MDT

Miriam English wrote:
> 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?

I think that people who do so could send their kids to the same school,
and apply for financial aid, or else stop popping out brats they can't

> 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.

How about dropping the choice of having kids? Guess what? If you have
half as many kids, you have twice as much disposable income.....
amazing, ain't it?

> 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.

Nah, put steroids in the water system, sell bottled water only to people
with permits to breed. C'mon Mirian, you're the one with the top down,
"big brother government knows best" ideas. I'd have expected that this
one would have come naturally to you...

> 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.

Especially when some people insist on making others pay for their

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