One of the many traps which this Behemoth called the State, or Collectivist government, sets for the unwary child is public education. It will probably seem at first glance that anyone advocating against public education must be a Neanderthal Wolf, not attaining to the sophistication of the modern Social wolf, with his massive State. Such an individual must be an anti-Social, who would send us back to the days of Dickens, where starving street urchins would roll in London filth, rather than being in a “decent” school.
Of course, this view greatly exaggerates the fallout from the instant closure of all public schools, and complete suspension of government subsidies to private schools. While it is true that there would be many cases of a negative impact, say on the rare child who is absolutely gaga in love with his school, loves all his teachers and every subject, and can’t wait to get on the schoolbus. However, for the vast majority of children, public schools are little more than boring prisons which get the child on the path to frustration and anti-social behaviour, and closing them would be greeted by whoops of joy from America’s children. After all, who wants to be locked up seven hours a day, when several if not all of those hours are spent in boredom, while the sun is shining, and outside the class window there is a lizard running up the oak, who is far more interesting than the boring teachers lecture on ” a citizens duty of obedience to the state”.
Do the adults of a society have the right to collectively imprison millions of children who have no voice in their imprisonment, or recourse through the law? Have we adults forgotten the child’s drive towards Freedom, as it attains first Consciousness of it’s powers as a Human Being? Liberals, who are de rigeur pro-public education as if it were Vitamin C, don’t seem to mind the great talents they suppress when they force a child into public education, while his parents are forced to pay taxes not only for public education, but also the hefty fees for private schools, if they don’t want him to be brainwashed beyond point of redemption into a passive robot, or a ball of frustrated fury.
Why should not a child work if he loves the thing he is doing, the desire to work is not only voluntary but begged for, and the child can make an income that would rival the upper 10% of the adult population? Should that child be forced into a prison camp for the best hours of his day and years of his early life (and with graduate school, that now extends to thirty), and be stuffed with information that he could get out of a book in a minute, or spend years couped up, when he could learn the “three Rs” at home from videos in a few weeks?
The Libertarian emphatically says “no”.
And, of course, we have not mentioned the very Libertarianly important factor of the Rights of the Parents. Say they perceive a very great talent in the child, peradventure for painting, music, daytrading soybean futures, or animal caregiving, and the child wants to pursue these ventures, should they and the child be denied the Right to “the pursuit of happiness”? Clearly the modern purveyors of public education are actually State-bully Fascists who want to make sure they continue to get those publicly-generated taxpayer-mulcted salaries and perks, and not the high-minded humanitarians they always claim to be, so deep does their brainwashing go.
And what would happen if we closed the public schools as Silverwolf suggests? Well, when there is a crying need the Market always seems to come in quickly and provide an efficient, in the short term, solution, and since it would suddenly fall on the parents and the community at large to educate the children if they felt that was of crying importance, then they would do something about it. They would determine what was relevant to their children’s education, and set about finding and hiring those competent by reputation, and not just through some bureaucratic credentialing regime, which is merely a testament to how much boring pablum a person will sit through before they are permitted the “license” to teach in the public schools, or even the private ones now.
While millions of public school teachers would be thrown out of work, tens of millions of Americans with skills ranging from changing washers or installing wells, to sewing quilts and stump removal, would be able to earn a livelihood by sharing their skills in exchange for monetary remuneration. Nor would they have to go through the thousand and one vetting loopholes that teacher’s unions use to protect their eggregious salaries, and obscene retirement packages. And all this mulcted at the public trough, from producing Capitalists in the private sector, who provide a steady gravy train of produce to be consumed by the parasitical teachers unions.
But what would happen to those wonderful and dedicated public school teachers, the kind we did find in many well-financed school districts in the 50s and 60s? Well, in a free market, obviously the good teachers would quickly be rehired, perhaps even at a higher salary, though probably with lower, or no, retirement benefits. But that would mean private schools would have no retirement payment worries, and could instead put all their capital towards hiring the best teachers, in their view, and capital improvements on their schools. The variety of different schools, and the quality of schools, which would soon become general knowledge once consumers had had some experience with the various institutions, would be a matter for the consumer to judge. Without the constant flow of funds steadily driving education costs through the roof for the last two score years, the competition over the scarcer education dollars would bring the cost of higher education down for everybody, and not just make it a province for the children of affluent Liberal Democrats and old-money Republicans. People, and children, could study what they wanted, where they wanted, when they wanted, and the only access factor would be cost. There would be a small percentage of those who would be worse off under the abolition of public education, probably under five per cent we’d guess, but the benefits would accrue to the other 95% of children, who would be freed from years of bondage and boredom, which is leading to a more and more violent society, as the natural Libertarian impulses of Human Beings are being constantly thwarted by the bureaucratic red tape and obstacle courses of the modern Behemoth State.
And the public school pushers also conveniently forget that the child is learning from adults all the time, whether at school or at home. How many experiences and how much learning does a child miss because he doesn’t spend a few days watching his father or grandfather work, or sits listening to his grandmother reminisce about the way things used to work, way back before he was born. The Leftist-Collectivist-Liberal-Pietist coalition always leave out the damage which their do-gooding projects, which seem to always end up destroying Human Liberty, cause to millions. After all, the damage is always unseen. Who knows what valuable lesson that child might have learned from his grandfather, or the milkman, during the hours he was getting trigonometry drummed into a head that just as quickly drummed it out, and with the good common sense of the child too over the vapid stupidity of so many public school teachers.
Let’s end this now-unnecessary violation of Human Rights, which is helping to so badly degenerate our society into a mass of collectivist jelly, instead of an interaction of Individual Freedoms. Let’s close the public schools.
Socrates never needed to get “licensed by the State”.
Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf