Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.
Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1480- What Might a Free Market Education System Look Like and was first published on Dec. 9th, 2014.
The following are the original show notes from that episode.
Note – There will be ZERO teacher bashing in this show. Well zero teacher bashing as a wholesale group anyway, I promise.
Yesterday I pointed out how many problems and divisions in society would not even exist if the state were not involved in key issues. Once again I dared touch the sacred cow of pubic education. Once again my inbox is crammed full of hate mail because I am “bashing teachers” when the truth is the word teacher wasn’t even used in yesterday’s show.
Why this reaction? Because logical and other wise intelligent and sane people become irrational even to the state of temporary insanity when something they see is necessary is called unnecessary. They may not know why they even believe it to be necessary, they just do and that alone causes at times even a violent response when anyone even infers that they are wrong.
School is important and an education is priceless. Every child has a fundamental right to an education, everyone knows that right? There are both truths and inaccuracies in those statements and combined they create what we call a logical fallacy. What is a logical fallacy? Logical fallacies are unsubstantiated assertions that are often delivered with a conviction that makes them sound as though they are proven facts. This is often done by taking true facts and combing them with total fabrication or unsubstantiated conclusions based on some of the actual facts.
In this case “school is important”, well no, education is important, but school is only one form of education. School is not required for education to even occur.
Every child has a right to an education is another one. We must first understand that a right as used above means the following…
A moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.
This means that there is a moral and legal obligation to provide everyone with an education. Is that actually the case? I don’t believe it is, not in the way we are led to believe anyway.
This also omits a critical reality, that every right comes with corresponding responsibilities. Further that the State is to ensure rights primary by not oppressing them or allowing others to oppress them.
For instance your right to free speech comes with responsibility to not say incite violence or yell fire in a crowded theater. More over, the state isn’t responsible to provide you a venue for your free speech nor to force people to listen to you, only to ensure your rights are not trampled on, nor are they permitted to impede them. This brings us to yet another fallacy, the “fallacy of omission” which is…
Errors occur because the logician leaves out necessary material in an argument or misdirects others from missing information.
The reality is there are hundreds of fallacies and almost all of them at one point or another could be applied to most things we hold sacred such as public education.
Today I would like to examine what a true free market education system might look like. Once we do I ask that you use logic and reason to determine for yourself not if such a system would be perfect, only would it be better than what we have. Every system is flawed, this doesn’t mean a system with flaws can’t be better than a system with even greater flaws. To assert that a flawed system isn’t a better system simply because it has some flaw, when the underlying system itself has greater flaws, is also a fallacy, can anyone name that fallacy?
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Is every child entitled to a good education
- Does the current system provide a good education to every child
- Who’s children are they anyway
- Why teachers are not to blame
- Why teachers can’t fix the system and why many would not if they could
- Answering the big but what if style questions…
- But who decides if an education is valid
- How would we ensure standards are met or that standards are valid
- What about children that can’t afford a “good education”
- Then how would we insure access to education if not provision of education
- But students with wealthier parents get a better education this way
- But every other modern nation provides public education
- But children need school for social skills, to meet other people, etc.
- This system will create an unfair advantage for many
- But we have to at least make sure that the average person can read, write and do math
- Why we must abolish compulsory public education to solve most of our current problems
- The system I would institute to wean society off the current system
- No child can be compelled to go to any school ever, the end
- The state can continue to offer education but not compel attendance
- A taxes funding education are to be lowered in an evenly apportioned manner as students exit the system
- Any person or entity may set up any form of education as longs as the activities conducted are other wise legal
- Any group or entity may set up a standards body, publish its own standards and issue certifications
- The only state over sight is contract resolution criminal police enforcement
- The contract resolution component must be voluntary
- Why a free market system would work better even if it has flaws
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