posted on Nov, 18 2006 @ 05:44 PM
I am a very strong libertarian, but I have to say one area the government needs to have a much stronger involvement in is education. Now I'm not
saying the government should dictate curriculum, schools should have 100% control of that. However, it should be the government's responsibility to
ensure that everyone gets a certain standard of education.
Again, as a libertarian, I don't believe in entitlements, whether its health care or education. But education does have a significant difference.
Education is crucial to a country's economic power. In the post-industrial Knowledge Economy, education is the primary raw material and educational
stratification doesn't suit society anymore (assuming it ever did). It is more important than ever to have smart, knowledgable people, as not only
does it boost productivity of the system, but it is also a deterrent to social instability. Right now we are seeing the beginnings of that
instability, as more and more parents are unable to pay for their childrens' university education because our capitalist system has turned our
colleges into corporate businesses. Many of these schools, particularly the public universities, find every reason to take money from us but provide
little in return. If they are going to charge a $40 lab fee IN ADDITION to housing, tuition, meals, technology, etc. etc. etc., then the least they
could do is allow changes in majors to go smoothly, for students be guaranteed the classes they need in order to graduate, a higher quality of food
and more options for recreation. But that's not happening. University education is simply a rip-off in America these days and imagine how difficult
it is for those who have to take out loans.
What I hope to see in this new Congress is a renewed emphasis on education. For too long, our country has held onto this industrial mentality and we
have seen just what a dreadful cost it can have in terms of how we stand in the world. Knowledge is truly the most powerful weapon one can have,
because you can't take it away from a person. Now I'm not saying the government should completely subsidize every aspect of education.
Graduate-level education should be completely left to the people and schools should recieve primary revenue from that. But at the very least, if there
is one area where the government should take an active role in, its in providing a free undergraduate university-level education to everybody who
prove themselves capable. Do that, and we could concievably decrease the amount of money put into other social programs in this country.