Re: Re: Paying for Schools

From: Olga Bourlin (
Date: Sat Aug 25 2001 - 03:59:24 MDT

From: "Brian Phillips" <>

> Olga wrote:
> <<Gladly. Public education does not sanction discrimination based on
> religion, ethnicity, class, and what have you (that is to say, it has
> become more democratic lately - if only in the last few decades - and, in
> view, the bulk of good it does by this very fact alone puts it ahead of
> private education).>>

> Public education DOES sanction discrimination, I never had a
> principle who couldn't speak English properly (i.e. correct grammer
> and pronunciation) while attending the "intolerant" private schools,

I don't understand what you wrote. The kind of discrimination practiced by
public schools (as was done in the past) allowing segregation based on race,
or the reading of the New Testament - that is what I was talking about.

> Insofar as education has become more "non-discriminatory" (the
> official version I mean) and "democratic" it has commenced to suck
> more and more. This is only my opinion and experience speaking.
> If you honestly believe that not discriminating based on "religion,
> ethnicity, class and what have you" is worth having nearly illiterate
> persons wandering about the Republic, well to be extremely nice
> about it..I'm split between feeling pity and revulsion.

Are you saying that public schools should revert back to how they were
before Brown v. Board of Education? (and that that would result in better
public schools?).

> Discrimination based on religion, and class is very useful.

Private institutions can discriminate on these bases all they want - but it
is not the appropriate for a democracy to ask taxpayers to subsidize
segregated schools and such. The Boy Scouts of America, for instance, is a
private organization and can discriminate against gays and atheists (and
they do) - but they cannot expect to use public facilities or have public
servants do their bidding.

> frankly letting private schools discriminate on any other basis,
> including race should they chose to do so, is a wonderful idea.
> If they are at serious odds with reality... then they won't suceed
> in educating as well as those who are more realistic.

Private schools are right up there with the Boy Scouts of America -
certainly, they can discriminate, and just as certainly their "private
business" status locks them out of certain privileges accorded to public

> If you think public education is all that... wait 20 years and look
> at the number of homeschooled kids who become professionals.
> Vs. the criminal farms we have now.

It's a continual wonder to me that I, my children, friends, acquaintances
and relatives all seem to have come out of these criminal farms unscathed,
educated and ... have even lived to tell about it.


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