Tuesday, November 16, 2010

hmm.....

This is Michael schulte writing through Sitara Chauhan's blog. Perhaps public education has not taught me to memorize my blogger id when I am at a different computer. I attended a private school for most of my life until I moved to Alaska. When it was stated by Rothbard that parents know what is best for children in terms of choosing schools, I have to strongly disagree with the claim. I attended a school founded by a leading member of the Ku Klux Klan and didn't recognize the Martin Luther King Holiday until 2004. In addition, I came to Alaska shocked that the Confederate cause wasn't considered by most of the country to be considered noble and honorable. I know an individual at UAF who also attended private school that gave separate instructions for ladies to train them as housewives. Public schools generally have state or federally mandated guidelines to prevent such idiotic things from occurring. I appreciate the fact that West Valley set these guidelines. I don't think this would have occurred in the former private school system I attended.

6 comments:

  1. What if our government decided that persecuting Jews is the thing to do?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_Youth

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  2. What factors make government better at choosing schools than parents?

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  3. SitMikeTara has it right. I'd argue private school is still the way to go, but only provided the school meets some basic educational guidelines i.e. no brainwashing kids with racist or religious dogma. Government regulated, but not controlled/owned.

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  4. Of course Garret raises a good point though. If the government tolorates or sanctions such dogma we still have a potential conflict.

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  5. @Paul,
    Quite simply, government has the capacity to be better informed. Ultimately the parents should make their decisions, but some unbiased third party should have input.

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  6. @James And you consider the government to be an "unbiased third party"? Government is just as biased as any other institution. Probably more. Government bias is towards education which condones and justifies its grip on power, which writes history the way it chooses history to be interpreted. Perhaps this explains why so many people panic when asked if they could conceive of a society without a government. "Well in a society without a government, what's stop me from hitting you on the head with a shovel?" Nothing, apparently. :)

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