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Should All Primary Schools be Privatized?

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Started: 3/16/2018 Category: Education
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Most parents believe that they know best, how to choose the best education for their child, rather than giving the government final say.
Studies also prove that the average parent pays the same (or more) for a public-school education, through taxes and related tax-expenses, vs. a private-school education-- particularly when the numbers are added up by standard accounting-methods (i.e. financing an education vs. paying school-taxes, in terms of monthly cashflow).

Public schools also deprive parents of school choice, as well as the right to choose how their child is educated, by taking this choice away from the parent, along with the tax-money, and giving it to the government.

Education is a parent's responsibility, not the state's, other than to make sure that the parent fulfills it-- just like with other parental duties like food, shelter and clothing, medical care etc.

Finally, parents currently are able to choose a child's doctor, dentist, and other care-providers, many of which are MORE advanced in education, specialization and licensing than the child's teachers; so it's silly to say that parents aren't QUALIFIED to choose a child's education, as long as it's valid within state regulations-- including home-schooling.

Likewise, public assistance could be made available for parents unable to afford a private education, just as with all other forms of public assistance for children.
This would solve every current problem with primary school, just like everything else where private-sector replaces public-sector.

This isn't about school vouchers, but just parents being allowed the freedom to educate their children according to minimum standards. It's rather ludicrous that the law allows parents to choose abort their child, under the right of "privacy;" but that the right of privacy doesn't allow parents to decide how their child is EDUCATED.

Additionally, education should not be an entitlement for parents who choose to have children, nor should children become the property of the state to attach them with this lifelong burden to repay something they never chose to begin with. Parents have duties to their children, and education is one of them; so everyone should pay for their own child, not use the state to force others to finance their private families.


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There should be ni Privatization of Primary Schools (PoPS).

I.PoPS lean toward the activity of capitalist exploitation.

The event privatization of public schools become full-scale, the psychology of business-run education leans toward exploitation. Government supervision will not be possible under the premise of privatization, thus, no governmental control can extend to the policies of private entities. Without any possible regulation or restriction, private owners can easily maneuver their policies for profit. Adding to the fact that there is no government subsidy taking place, businesses are left with the choice of increasing their pricing schemes to keep the business going. And under this guise, corporations have a safety net regarding accusations or suspicions on exploitation.

Corporations get away with corporate tax loopholes and using a portion of those funds to invest in education. Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) revealed that the 280 most profitable U.S. corporations got tax subsidies of nearly $224 billion between 2008-2010.

Twelve corporations paid an effective tax rate of negative 1.4 percent on $175 billion in profits in the same timeframe. A clear result of this perfectly legal tax avoidance is that our national investment in public education as a share of gross domestic product has fallen since the 1970s, at a time when demands on school systems are increasing. [1]

The activity of privatizing schools jeopardizes the true purpose of educational institutions, which is to impart substantial knowledge and values to learners, and creates a grotesque culture of exploitation.

II.PoPS make education more expensive.

As mentioned above, without government subsidy, private owners are forced to generate profit to keep the school running. Profiteering activities would be advanced in the guise of outreach programs, school festivals, inter-school competitions, grand balls, field trips, etc., to rake in more profit for the school. Undeniably, there will be an increase on tuition fees and other miscellaneous expenses for already-private and turning-private schools due to factors of necessity, development, fluctuation and other unseen events.

On average, it costs $10,615 to send a kid to public school for a year. That's federal, state and local government spending combined.[2]

As public schools in the USA are generally funded by property taxes, expats will find that schools in wealthier suburbs are likely to have better facilities. While public education is generally free, there are some fees associated with public schools, including the purchase of books, equipment and uniforms. [3]

On average, the tuition fees for private day schools in the United States is close to $12,000 for grades 1 to 3, $13,000 for grades 6 to 8, and $15,000 for grades 9 to 12. More often than not, these costs will not cover books or school supplies. [4]

It is clear that without government subsidy, families will not be supported financially. In effect, concerns on financial capacity for higher costing education will be felt by low income earning families. This puts a distress on families who barely make it through their income, families with debt, working students with parents barely managing their expenses, working students who need to be breadwinners for their family living distant, or students who become breadwinners because they have no parents at all.

A more expensive education harms the financial comfort of the lower income bracket. This segment comprises one-third of the American population. I shall go on discussing the impact of privatization to lower class families as we go through the debate.

III.PoPS puts workers' career at harm.

Faculty, staff, and personnel are subject to earning lower income at the expense of the school's necessity to survive. A classic capitalist method of survival is paying less wage or salary, and giving more labor. The former happens when there is a surplus in laborers, the latter happens when there is a deficit. Both events occur to attain equilibrium. Although this may sound standard business, but worker-life must never sound like it. The workers' career should not be a mere element of business with which private owners can play around when their profit is concerned. A workers' career should be catered its need at the utmost care for it is a significant component of the economy and a dangerous one to jeopardize.

Businesses are not immune to failure, so is the government, too. However, bankruptcy, mismanagement, supply-demand issues, and cultural trends affect businesses more than the government. In 2010, students started abandoning private schools and enrolling in public schools. By 2015, ten private schools had no students in just a couple of months. "Three of our 46 private schools closed due to mismanagement," Baptist church"s legal representative, Munyamasoko Gato Corneille told KT Press in a previous story.

In Nyamagabe district ACEPR secondary school owned by late Amb. Jacques Bihozagara and associates closed doors two years ago. A few classroom blocks have been rent out to a small nursery school.

According to Jean Marie Vianney Usengumuremyi, president of private schools association of Rwanda, about 20 schools have closed since then.[5]

With schools staying public, government regulation will cater to the people inside it. The faculty, staff and personnel will not be subject to factors of business necessity and greed. Government supervision will assure a safer, more supervised, more controlled, more accountable, worker premise and condition.

Privatizing all schools will jeopardize the culture of true education with the replacement of negative capitalist behavior, induces financial distress to and worsens financial conditions of lower income earning families, and puts workers' career at stake. Within these reasons, I negate.

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Posted by rocinante 3 years ago
This debate is not worthy of rocinante's time. Countries on the top of the education index have public education, those on the lower end of the education index don't.
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