The Case Against Government Schools


Give us more money and we’ll do better…Hasn’t worked in like forever…

International Liberty

I’ve been writing about the benefits of school choice for a long time, largely because government schools are becoming ever-more expensive while produced ever-more dismal outcomes.

But even I was surprised to see this tweet, which shows how so many parents in New York City seek alternative educational opportunities for their children.

What makes these numbers so shocking is that parents are forced to pay for government schools. So when they opt for alternatives such as private schools, they’re paying twice.

But they decide the extra cost is justified because they know government-run schools don’t do a good job (and those failures have become even more apparent because of coronavirus).

For instance, David Harsanyi indicts government schooling in an article for National Review.

“Public” schools have been a catastrophe for the United States. …State-run schools have undercut two fundamental conditions of a healthy tolerant society. First, they’ve…

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One thought on “The Case Against Government Schools

  1. Glenda T. Goode September 20, 2020 / 10:09 am

    The mandate to see to it that children receive an education was never intended to mean that the government do so. It was that the government would see to it that local communities provide education services to the children without prejudice.

    With the advent of government funding education programs we have seen the never ending intrusion of government bureaucrats injecting their social standards and social concepts into the education curriculum.

    The real question is that is it legal let alone constitutional for the government to do this. One could argue that it is the equivalent of an illegal confiscation of rights of the parents and communities that are charged with providing the education services. It is one thing to use state wide or national testing programs to provide a comparison of the results of local education programs for purposes of qualifying students for colleges and specialized education programs. It is quite another to mandate a level of performance in this testing in order to qualify for government subsidies. Again, you can argue that this idea is a usurping of citizen’s rights not just to provide an education that the citizen deems essential but also that monies are given to some but not others which is the equivalent of the segregation of the early and mid 1900’s. Just because schools were mandated to allow access to all children regardless of color or heritage did not mean that the government could then dictate curriculum. Access had to be equal but content should still be fundamentally linked to local decisions.

    The drive to force the end of school choice is the closing door of the free education of the citizenry of the nation and is the establishment of indoctrination centers as opposed to being places of learning.

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