The Great Connections Seminar

The Great Connections Seminar
Discussing ethics

Monday, November 24, 2008

More on educational hypocrisy

I want to clear up any possible confusion about my last post.

I think it will be good for the Obama girls to go to a private school, where the school and the customer have a direct relationship, with the interest of the child their natural bridge.

I am for the privatizing of all education. In private education, children have the best opportunity to get the kind of education they need.

However, I'm incensed by those who send their own children to private schools, yet are against steps towards educational freedom for those without the current means to go to a private school. Attendance at private schools costs more than it would in a free market - because the parent has already paid for the government schools in his or her taxes. It's hard to come up with the money for private schools.

I AM concerned about using vouchers to expand educational freedom because they are doled out by the government...which inevitably means government oversight...and it's consequent leveling-by-regulation of whatever it controls. I'm worried that, with vouchers, private schools will need to conform to government standards, instead of individual school goals and innovations.

And their differences will end up being wiped out. Andrew Coulson at Cato describes the problem in the Netherlands, and offers a solution.

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