Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Private Education

"I agree about the challenges you all face but would you for a moment consider the fact that private education is getting quite a bit of momentum - that bother you?"

Private Ed is getting traction, because those in circles of power and wealth, and those who wish to climb to that, no longer value inclusiveness and equality. We will go back to Ed of 100 years ago where only the wealthy will have good schools for their kids to go to. The voucher system has done just that in the U.S. More institutions will be needed for the disadvantaged kids, parents will pay more to get them even a basic education. What we have in society, a gross inequality of wealth, will be mirrored in our education system. The point of compulsory public education was to create an equal basis for all kids and creating a less combative public space based on merit rather than wealth upon their graduation. This effort had inefficiencies and costs, it was known, anticipated and accepted. This has all been supplanted by the reawakening of classical liberal ideology. What was once accepted to make a better society, equality, has now been made to seem unacceptable and that inequality and the struggle to achieve more is what makes people stronger. This struggle between modern liberal collectivism, with public education seemingly its last bastion, and classical liberal individualism is now at play in our schools. Does the move to private education bother me? Not at all. A few generations of privileged wealthy cutthroat graduates getting into the economy creating an even greater class division in society will bring about a convulsion that Karl predicted in 1850, not ending the way he thought, but the event will occur. If anything I wouldn't mind private education, I don't have kids so my taxes will fall by 50% and who wouldn't want that!

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