- Marco Rubio: U.S. at social, moral crossroads
- ‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
- White flags baffle NYPD: ‘We’re lucky it wasn’t a bomb’
- N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s office interfered with, pressured corruption commission: report
- Brit lawmaker: I would fire on Israel if I lived in Gaza
- VA apologizes to forgotten Marine veteran locked in Fla. clinic, forced to call 911
- U.S. social and economic trends on worrisome track, survey finds
- McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate
- Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public education would wither in free market
Question of the Day
I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City public school system. I support charter schools and am in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to close them (“De Blasio, Cuomo push dueling education agendas,” Web, March 5).
Let’s say you’re passionate about pizza, and you live in a neighborhood where only one establishment is permitted to produce and sell pizzas. Imagine those pizzas are unappetizing, but you are compelled to purchase them by law and are forbidden to make your own.
Substitute “education” for “pizzas” in this scenario, and you will begin to comprehend the true nature of compulsory public education.
In a free market, anyone who produces an unsavory pizza would soon be out of business because people are free to find and choose a better pizza. However, in the sphere of scholastic instruction, competition and freedom of choice, which nurture creativity and excellence, are conspicuously missing.
Except for education, most services we use offer a choice of providers as well as an assortment of options to accommodate our individual needs.
Many who rail against the power, control and influence of Wall Street, corporations, banks and the “1 percenters” readily accept government’s absolute control of education.
The education bureaucracy’s monopoly mandates a one-size-fits-all curriculum, awards accreditation to approved colleges and professors to teach that curriculum, requires everyone to read approved textbooks, administers approved tests, certifies and awards tenure to approved teachers and supervisors, and provides pay raises based on date of birth rather than merit.
To make matters worse, compulsory education laws compel all students to attend approved institutions. After reviewing results of recent achievement tests, some have suggested the education monopoly should not only be charged with violating our liberties, but with intellectual genocide as well.
The assertion that a primary purpose of schools is “to train” children rather than “to educate” is consistent with the history and origins of public education.
In Germany in 1524, Martin Luther proposed establishment of public schools, arguing that “civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school, because in this case we are warring with the devil.”
In 1816 North Carolina state Sen. Archibald Murphey (also known as the “father of public education”) declared that “all children will be taught in public schools.”
“In these schools, the precepts of morality and religion should be inculcated, and habits of subordination and obedience be formed.”
Inevitably, every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy.
In his book “Education: Free and Compulsory” Murray Rothbard writes: “Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had its body, property and mind in its clutches since infancy.”
What we desperately need is separation of schools and state. Where are the pro-choice progressives when we need them?
About the Author
- EDITORIAL: Obamacare enrollees faking for freebies
- EDITORIAL: Feds harassing the deliveryman
- EDITORIAL: Poor Hillary, rock-star wannabe
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Investigate airliner downing, but not Benghazi?
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Say no to atheist 'chaplains'
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don't exist
Get Breaking Alerts
- Democratic Sen. John Walsh plagiarized War College master's thesis: report
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Obama says public not familiar enough with issues
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Netanyahu's Wikipedia page replaced with giant Palestinian flag
- Hezbollah warring in Syria could join fight against Israel
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Tom Petty: 'No one's got Christ more wrong than the Christians'