The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools
By Laurence M. Vance
September 9, 2014
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Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident.
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If there are to be any public schools; that is, government schools, they should be limited to state-government schools, fully supported and supervised by state governments. This is because while every state has provisions in its constitution for the operation of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, the federal government has been given no such authority by its Constitution.
This means that the federal government should not be involved in any way, shape, or form with the education of anyone. No Pell Grants, student loans, federal regulations, research grants, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher-education requirements, Department of Education, teacher-certification standards, school accreditation, Title IX mandates, educational vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act, school breakfast or lunch programs, Head Start funding, bilingual-education mandates, busing to achieve racial desegregation, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, diversity mandates, Common Core, presidential visits to schools, standardized-testing requirements, special-education mandates, math and science initiatives, Race to the Top funds, or Higher Education Act.
Since conservatives regularly support most of these things, there is a world of difference between their criticisms of public schools and the consistent and principled criticisms offered by libertarians.
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Gooferment Skrules, as “free”, have pushed out “Catholic Schools” from the marketplace.
As a little L libertarian, I don’t think we want the Gooferment propagandizing future voters.
Over and above the fact that the Prussian school model was designed to create: (1) cannon fodder; (2) good factory workers; and (3) a “lead-able” population of “voters”. IMHO it’s suceeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Gooferment Skrules are inherently anti-Catholic. Or, anti-religious, since they teach worship of the Gooferment. All under the guise of being non-denominational.
It’s a long battle to get back “religious freedom”, but the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
Taxes are stolen from “Catholics” to pay for these Gooferment Skrules and, “Catholics” want their children to receive a “Catholic Education” they have to pay for that as well. And, they have to pay for it in after-tax money at that. A triple whammy.
I would hope that this little “endnote” would help roll the snowball of Gooferment Skrules back up the hill.
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