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What If Public Schools Were Abolished?
« on: April 05, 2008, 04:59:10 pm »

 What If Public Schools Were Abolished?

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

In American culture, public schools are praised in public and criticized in private, which is roughly the opposite of how we tend to treat large-scale enterprises like Wal-Mart. In public, everyone says that Wal-Mart is awful, filled with shoddy foreign products and exploiting workers. But in private, we buy the well-priced, quality goods, and long lines of people hope to be hired.

Why is this? It has something to do with the fact that public schools are part of our civic religion, the primary evidence that people cite to show that local government serves us. And there is a psychological element. Most of us turn our kids over to them, so surely they must have our best interest at heart!

But do they? Murray N. Rothbard's Education: Free and Compulsory explains that the true origin and purpose of public education is not so much education as we think of it, but indoctrination in the civic religion. This explains why the civic elite is so suspicious of homeschooling and private schooling: it's not fear of low test scores that is driving this, but the worry that these kids aren't learning the values that the state considers important. ...<snip>



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Re: What If Public Schools Were Abolished?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008, 03:54:23 pm »

And at LRC:

The Self-Serving System of Peer Review by Gary North

    Guilds fear one thing above all else: open entry. The main barrier to entry has been economic: the cost of printing, the cost of gaining accreditation, and the cost of gaining tax support. On all fronts, the academic guilds are under assault. This is going to increase over time. The cost of launching an assault is getting ever lower, and at lower cost, there will be increased demand to join one or another assault team.

    The academic guilds are not used to open entry. They are not used to public criticism from non-guild members. If the public ever figures out that it can escape the clutches of higher education in the United States, which absorbs about a third of a trillion dollars a year, the game will end. The guilds will have to compete in a free market. They are not used to this. They will resent it. But they are going to have to learn to live with it.

    Long live the Web.

Some homeschoolers still want to go to university. Soon, the university system will corrode or even fall.


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Re: What If Public Schools Were Abolished?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2008, 12:12:08 am »

Public schoolers are out of the control of the parents in their communities. They are thereby flawed and should be disbanded, in favor of home schooling or community schooling without state or federal control. Families should form schools, not the government, as they did 200 years ago, and provide for the teacher and aide's needs.
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