Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
The Absurdity of the Public School Monopoly > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

The Absurdity of the Public School Monopoly

The notion that local governments should have almost total monopoly control over our children's education is not only unjust and tyrannical, it is also absurd. Children need education, to be sure, but they also need food, clothing, and shelter. The same poor or irresponsible parents who public-school apologists claim will not educate their children without compulsion, might not feed, clothe, or shelter them either.

Yet, we do not see local governments owning and operating supermarkets, department stores, or apartment houses. Instead, government food stamp or rent subsidy programs give temporary financial help to those parents who are too poor to provide for their children.

When it comes to education, however, instead of giving vouchers or other temporary loans or subsidies to poor families so they can pay for their children's education, we've created a government-owned-and-operated monstrosity called public schools. As we noted earlier, millions of parents now pay for private pre-schools, kindergartens, and colleges for their children in a vibrant, competitive, education free-market.

Most parents who can't afford college tuition for their kids usually apply for student loans either from a bank or a government agency. Yet for 1st through 12th-grade education, suddenly government must step in, treat all parents like idiots or potential child abusers, and own and operate all the schools.

To more fully understand the absurdity of this system, imagine for a moment that well-intentioned government authorities want to make sure that every child has enough to eat, that no child gets "left behind" when it comes to food. To insure this goal, local governments across the country take control of all supermarkets and grocery stores in your town.

Under this new system, bureaucrats now own and operate all food stores, and store workers become tenured civil-service employees who can't be fired. Your local government then passes a new "food tax" to pay for these stores and employees' salaries. This tax is added to your current real-estate tax bill. If you don't pay this new tax, local government officials can and will foreclose on your home.

Also under this system, suppose the local Food Board forces you and your family to buy from a particular store. The store clerks know you have to shop in their store, and that they can't be fired. As a result, they soon become indifferent to their customer's needs. The store managers can't be fired, so they manage the stores badly. The stores can't go out of business because they are supported by taxes, so they give you poor service and rotten food. If you want to change stores, you have to ask permission from your local Food Board bureaucrat, who will usually refuse your request. Also, changing food stores doesn't accomplish much because they are all the same-all owned and operated by the same government food monopoly.

If this system sounds absurd to you, if you would scream bloody murder at having to put up with such a system simply to buy food, why do you put up with such a system when it comes to your children's' education?

Also, as we noted earlier, those we elect to office are our agents, not our masters. They derive their powers from our consent. They are supposed to represent our interests and follow our instructions. Politicians, bureaucrats, and school authorities therefore have as much right to dictate how we educate our children as a real estate agent has to dictate who we sell our house to and at what price.

The following passage from Isabel Paterson's book, The God of the Machine, sums up the proper response to local governments and school authorities who think they have the right to dictate how you educate your child:

"The most vindictive resentment may be expected from the pedagogic profession for any suggestion that they should be dislodged from their dictatorial position; it will be expressed mainly in epithets, such as reactionary, at the mildest."

Nevertheless, the question to put to any teacher moved to such indignation, is: Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?

Joel Turtel is the author of "Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children."

Website: http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com,
Email: [email protected],
Phone: 718-447-7348.

Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel.
NOTE: You may post this Article on another website only if you set up a hyperlink to Joel Turtel's email address and website URL, http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

CNN

Today in politics: Live updates
CNN
JUST IN: Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving the White House; Alabama special election: Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the ruby red state. Tax reform: Republican lawmakers, working to tweak differing House and Senate bills, may ...
Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer, late to politicsABC News
Minnesota's next senator is a quiet organizer who came late to politicsChicago Tribune
Minnesota Replaces Al Franken With Lt. Gov. Tina SmithHuffPost
Minneapolis Star Tribune -Minnesota Public Radio News
all 320 news articles »

The Hill

Alabama election shows tectonic plates of politics are shifting
The Hill
Alabama delivered a tectonic shift in American politics last night in the U.S. Senate race with Democrat Doug Jones winning by a small margin in a solidly Republican state. A Democrat hasn't won statewide in Alabama in 25 years, and it was a state that ...
Trump is in a massive political slumpBusiness Insider
Steve Bannon looks like a 'disheveled drunk' who needs to leave politics: GOP lawmakerWashington Examiner
Sanford: Alabama election might signal change in American politicswreg.com
USA TODAY -CNN -Washington Post
all 3,284 news articles »

Emergency Politics Podcast: Doug Jones Wins In Alabama ...
FiveThirtyEight
On Tuesday night, Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama in a quarter-century. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team discusses…

and more »

Madison.com

Cap Times Talk: The politics of resentment in 2018 with Kathy Cramer
Madison.com
UW-Madison political scientist Kathy Cramer will be the guest of honor at a Cap Times Talk in January talking about the politics of resentment (the title of her recent book) in 2018 in Wisconsin. PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER. Facebook · Twitter · Email ...

and more »

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Mayor Ed Lee's death complicates politics in next mayoral race
San Francisco Chronicle
Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University, said the acting mayor role really elevates Breed, who is positioning herself to be the first African American woman to hold San Francisco's top office. Breed will likely ...
Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor and 'sanctuary city' proponent, dead at 65Fox News
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - CNNPolitics - CNN.comCNN
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65SFGate

all 357 news articles »

Christian Science Monitor

Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe
Christian Science Monitor
​Protesters calling for President Mugabe's resignation had chanted “We don't want prostitutes in politics” and carried signs that read “leadership is not sexually transmitted.” When Grace and her husband were put under house arrest during the military ...

and more »

Detroit Metro Times

Politics after Sandy
Detroit Metro Times
He finally managed to get both houses to pass a bill earlier this year that provides compensation and other benefits for those who have spent years in jail for crimes they didn't commit. Though mostly liberal himself, he has made a habit of hanging out ...


New York Daily News

What Tuesday taught us about sports, sexism, racism and politics in America
New York Daily News
More names had been added to the list. But this time it wasn't entertainers or some Hollywood hot shots, the names were ones that many of us are the most familiar with. Names we've worn on our backs because they were some of our favorite players ...

and more »

National Review

The Politics of Humiliation
National Review
Until quite recently, I thought it was remarkable that black Americans took such a deeply conspiratorial view of politics and public affairs: Louis Farrakhan and his insane racial just-so stories, the wider anti-Semitic paranoia, the familiar myths ...

and more »

Bloomberg

Harassment Politics Grip Washington and Spur Fear in Both Parties ...
Bloomberg
Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from “who's next?” to “how does this end?” While the U.S. capital has endured sex scandals since Alexander Hamilton's affair with Maria ...
With Franken out, Minnesota politics could get wild next yearTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

all 451 news articles »
Google News

OPECs Swan Song?

Indonesia's Energy Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, is unhappy with the modest... Read More

End Time Clock Ticking Away?

Earlier this month, I heard President George W. Bush and... Read More

Rugged Individualism vs Human Nature

"Rugged individualism" is actually a euphemism for Thomas Hobbes' baseless... Read More

NAFTA; What did we learn?

A quick look back at NAFTA; how did we do?Stabilizing... Read More

Free Markets, Wal-Mart, Over Regulation; What an interesting concept?

Unions are angry at the high salary of the executives... Read More

Trade Wars, China and Over Regulation At Home

We are seeing some trade wars brewing as American trade... Read More

Why One May Not be able to Locate Your Lost Money in the States Unclaimed Property Database

With respect to the States' databases, you may not locate... Read More

Oil Pipelines and Rates of Flow

How much oil can travel through a pipeline? It depends... Read More

Mexicanizing America

A friend of mine, who lives in the thick of... Read More

Hillary Says Health Care Can Be Fixed with IT

The great leader and Senator from New York and wife... Read More

The Will To Fight for Islam

The more I study the dynamics of WWII the more... Read More

Free Trade, Outsourcing, Protectionism and Reality Check

Recently on C-SPAN, there were two gentlemen debating free trade... Read More

Jay Hammond - Alaska Governor and Creator of the Permanent Fund

Former Governor of Alaska, Jay Hammond, died at age 83,... Read More

Vision India - 2025 (Expectations of an Ordinary Person)

IntroductionThe way one lyrist has written, "Hum logo ko samajh... Read More

Bilderbergs

In the words of a secret agent who has signed... Read More

Maryland Lawyers and Politicians Want More Regulations

We know that in Maryland, which some call "Merry Land"... Read More

Government Franchise Model; taking it virtual

Our government is set up like a modern day franchise.... Read More

Protecting Children From Porn

There's a new Michigan state register (at https://www.protectmichild.com/) in the... Read More

Liberal Agenda and Communism; Lance Rants

If we go hog wild towards the liberal agenda where... Read More

Is George Bush Two-Faced?

Yes, Bush is two-faced. The two sides of the faces... Read More

Time for a New Canadian Party

It is time for a change. A change in philosophy,... Read More

From Democracy to Omniocracy

Clint Eastwood recently plunged into the murky political pond with... Read More

Workaholism, Leisure and Pleasure

The official working week is being reduced to 35 hours... Read More

Council of Six

The head of the Club of Rome has said that... Read More

The Revolt of the Poor: The Demise of Intellectual Property?

Three years ago I published a book of short stories... Read More