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I am in no way afraid of private ownership in general.
When it comes to education and health, i am very afraid.
Why are you so afraid of the socialist society?
originally posted by: Grimpachi
Of course, we are not a purely socialist society, but our country has been a mix of socialism ever since people were taxed for any program. Roads, schools, police, fire, Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard, FBI, CIA, FDA, EPA, ATF, CDC, Customs and Border Protection, DOC, DOE, USDA, DOT, DOJ just to name a few.
originally posted by: Harvin
The difference is that people who work for the government are working. They are providing a SERVICE and getting paid for their service. Really no different than working for a private company. Going to the VA is a social service.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: amazing
That's what a voucher program would do. You do understand that at the price we spend per year to educate a child, most parents could afford most private schools?
Heck, at one point a few years ago the DC Public schools were spending about $22,000/year on each student for one of the worst public educations in the US, and yet Sidwell Friends was about $4,000 to $8,000/year more expensive. You cannot tell me that there was only about $4,000 to $8,000 in difference between the education of Sidwell Friends where most of the DC elites (including Obama) send their kids and the horrific DC public schools where most barely learn to read.
I think the system I'd like to see is one modeled after France (I think?) and maybe some other European countries where the money the country would spend on a kid for the year is sent where the parents choose for the kid to go. Yes, it's a voucher. But the parents can go to any public or private or whatever so long as the school meets some basic standards.
The only reason we do not have this system is that people get up in arms about the whole ... But, you might send you kid to this or that school *I* don't approve of ... type flap. But if all the schools are meeting the basic standards, who cares what else they also learn and how they learn it all?
originally posted by: Annee
There's money being thrown at America's public school system?