Everyone is already paying for public schools. If schools were privatized, then citizens would not be paying for those schools. For example, and I am using reasonable, but made up numbers, to help make my point. If a family currently pays $3,000 a year in taxes that goes towards school, if the system was privatized, then they could use that $3,000 towards the school of their choice. If a family does not have kids, then they simply do not have to pay for the tax that goes towards the schools. In a privatized school system, there will be schools that cost more and cost less, depending on the quality of teaching. Yes, wealth will play a role, but schools at all levels will be held responsible for the quality of teaching and the level of education taught to our kids will increase as a whole, especially at the lowest levels. I much rather have a system that holds everyone accountable than a system that gives everyone a pass. Yes there will be students that will never get to experience a higher sense of learning due to lack of wealth but how is that different than now? By privatizing the system, you provide a much greater amount of education for families at their own price range. If anything, families will receive a greater education for their money than before.
If the question is referring to making all public schools into private schools then yes of course they should want to move forward with that because it would be more fair for the poor kids who have to envy the rich kids all the time. It would bring more balance to society.
To disprove this "it's too expensive theory" you need only to look at the cell phone industry. The big three Apple, HTC and Samsung compete not only from a technology and quality standpoint but also from a financial perspective as well. All top of the line phones are basically the same price the choice is really in what you as the consumer prefers. Privatization would be the best thing to happen to the American school system in the history of the USA. How is this possible? Simple, government control encourages mediocrity but when corporations are competing for customers the quality of the product and the price improves and it often does so rapidly. This also comes with the added bonus of union free teachers, tenure goes away and incompetence can once again be punished with dismissal from the institution. Furthermore many middle class Americans already make massive financial sacrifices to put their kids in private institutions, one because they generally are better and two to avoid Liberal Indoctrination. The public school system is not "good" it’s not competitive and is riddled with corruption so YES schools should all be privatized.
Due to the recession, many of the countries has diverted or decreased its public expenditure in order to overcome not only recession but also a country's deficits and other external debts.
Therefore the need for an alternative source for education funding has increased tremendously and privitization will always help in solving this problem.
All I'm seeing on the "no" side is, "too expensive". Allow me to disprove this statement, and also tell you how privatizing schools could be the best decision anyone has ever made.
Firstly, my family, even at the poverty level (which, in America, is actually not far at all from the "average American family", by the way), actually IS able to afford private education for all three children. And... Huh, the "average American family" has only about 2.6 children!
Moving on to my second point, should the school system be capitalized/privatized, not only will the new schools that would replace the public ones be competing with their educating styles, but price as well!
Third, have you checked the federal deficit lately? Does it look like the government can afford much? No. Does it spend more anyway? Yes.
Fourthly, technology has come a long way since the school system was centralized. There are now online schools which cost far less to run than your average school system. I can even name a few who spend their extra government funds by offering a free amusement park ticket for each student and their parents. Sure, it might be the "bad" thing you all call homeschooling, but cyber-school looks pretty appealing to me.
Not only can there be specialized schools etc for kids, but the competition would create higher skilled jobs for many people. At the moment a high school degree is pretty much required to get a barely decent living, it is getting to the point where a college degree is required to get a decent job, by privatizing all schooling we would have low skilled workers (no degree) medium skilled (low degree) then exceeding (medium to high). Of course there would be the wealth issue but that is what would help competition, no longer would we have to outsource low paying blue collar jobs, because they could be brought back to low skilled workers. Furthermore, competition with students around the world would be much stronger if very skilled workers were higher in number, but medium skilled workers were lower.
Businesses compete with each other with competitive pricing, quality service, and quality products. With everyone forced to pay for public school there is no competition and without competition the education system suffers. If all schools were privatized students would get the best, most personalized, and lowest priced education! In conclusion, privatizing schools would save people money and actually improve the education quality in this great country.
The government wouldn't be able to distribute their budget properly if their lives depended on it. The public education system strives on destroying free thinking. It forces down uniform testing and conformity that makes young people drop out anyway. You can't use the argument that "knowledge shouldn't be bought" if you really want to learn pick up a book. The fact is 70% of what you learn in high school is complete BS, and doesn't apply to real world critical thinking. Let young people go to the work force if they choose to, some people actually want to work and learn the value of a dollar. Tax money already goes to public education anyway, a lot of tax payers deserve a break. Besides just like in capitalism, private schools will be forced to compete with one and the other, and that means offering the best services for the best prices, and don't students have to pay for tuitions in college anyway. There's many programs around the country like welfare and health care that should stop being funded by the government, and that includes public education. The government is too stupid to do anything right.
The government is good for making this more fair. They aren't good at running anything. The education system in this country is pitiful. A company that has to do a good job in order to get "customers" would do better. Maybe, we still pay taxes just like now and they still robinhood our money so it's more "fair" but let us choose where we want to go to school and our "fair share" money goes there. Then parents can pick the best school for them even if they aren't rich.
I wanted to say yes so that I could see how many took this poll. I am doing research and don't really care one way or the other. I hope that no one takes offense to this. I just wanted to check out how this website worked in providing statistics.
Why are we doing this to our kids? Why privatize our teachers, drivers, and janitors and make them lose their jobs that they do diligently. Please give me any reason that people who work hard should lose their jobs just so kids can get 'motivated' or 'not as distracted.' seriously
The average amount of people cant afford for their children to attend a private school. They are already to busy working to pay for their bills and food and also their needs. Also, many parents can't homeschool their children because they are too busy doing other things. That is my point of view.
If all schools are privatized, costs become prohibitive for ordinary Americans. Most citizens can't afford to homeschool their kids because they have jobs. Private schools already cost too much for most folks. If schools become privatized, one parent will have to stay home with the children to educate them while the other parent works. That method simply doesn't work in today's society.
There was a time when there was no public school system; you either could afford an education or you didn't get one. Public schools are intended to allow everyone the chance to get an education, regardless. Getting rid of them would only go back to the time when people with money could afford to be educated and the poor were stuck with ignorance.
There are privatized schools already. They tend to cost a lot more money than the public school system does. Also, not all families can afford to send their child to a privatized school system. This would also mean that the school system becomes that of the government and the government would then dictate what children were to learn on any given day.
The reason our current educational system is not working is because of inequal funding based on the wealth of an area (the estate tax). If we as a country would all invest in the future of the country and the people who will be running it (the child of today) and publically and equally fund schools so that every child will have the same opportunities. Isn't that the American Dream? That no matter where you come from, with talent and handwork you can make it, and it order for that to be true for the next generation we need to give them equal opportunities to succeed no matter their familie's income. If we all commit to better the youth, America will someday be a better place instead of all the people with money being in power, it would be the smartest and most hardworking. As a society we need to work together to fix the future for eachother instead for always doing\voting for what is best for ourselves. We really need to change the mindset of the country please.
Costs for healthcare by private insurance companies continue to rise. Everyone has to meet their bottom line, and every corporate entity that has their finger in the pot is making sure they get their share. Do we really want to see this happen in our school? While I am in favor of school reform, and I would prefer to see more opportunities made available to our highest achieving students, I think across the board privatization is a recipe for disaster. Without collective bargaining you will see teachers working 70 hour weeks year round for $35k/annually. You will see zero to none benefits. Substitute teachers will be non existent. Our kids will be even more at risk. Reform needs to happen, but privatization is not the answer.
Also, to those of you who just don't want to pay taxes for public schools, I would like to remind you that public schools keep your neighborhoods safer. A school could not exist, even a private one, on mere student tuition of $3k a year. It takes much more than that to run a school. Where are those extra dollars going to come from?
If we privatize the school systems, eventually we will end up in a tyranny, which is the exact reason we left Europe, and then went to war with them. If you have read CORPORATE HIGH SCHOOL by Benjamin Gorman, you can see the outcome that will most certainly happen. First, schools will be taken over. After that, most likely stores and companies. Eventually, that one corporation that started with schools will overrun the government, and we will relive Europe all over again! Do we really want to live under a group tyrant!?
If you privatize education, you can bet a bunch of kids will drop out because either:
A) they can't afford it.
B) they don't care to go.
Lets say around 20 million of the 50 million young minds currently in school drop out for either of these reasons. Because most are still too young to work, many of these kids would have a lot of time on there hands. Thats a lot more time to experiment with drugs and engage in risky sexual behavior.
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