Addendum to March 29 Entry on Public Education

Of course, the government’s doing away with public schools and then giving vouchers to all families for attending private schools would merely be replacing socialism with one of its variants: fascism. A fascist system would still be based on the premise that it is the responsibility of society to provide education for all. A man with no children would still be forced to pay for the children of others. As with Medicare and Medicaid in health care, vouchers would soon be followed by controls on private schools accepting vouchers. These controls would include requiring private schools to accept all students no matter how unruly, to keep costs in line with national guidelines, to teach a certain curriculum, and to follow certain practices in hiring, firing, and paying teachers.

The moral, capitalist solution is to do away with the public schools and leave families on their own to pay for the education of their own children.

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