"Even" Corporations Value Education

Monday, February 19, 2018

In a recent column at Inc. is a proof by counterexample that several rationalizations for public education are wrong:

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When I worked there, the chairman (Robert Wegman, who died in 2006) funded several private Catholic elementary schools in Rochester, New York, where the company is headquartered. I had the privilege of meeting with him, one on one, to report on the success of these schools. I asked why he did this, and he said that he saw failing public schools that weren't capable of producing the kind of people he needed to make his stores successful, so he decided to do something, and that was funding the private schools. There was no requirement that the scholarship students one day work for Wegmans, but I'm sure many of them did. [bold added]
Just off the top of my head, this blasts to flinders the following excuses for government schools: (1) businessmen are too "blinded" by the almighty dollar to spend money on improving their communities, (2) education is "too important" to leave to private parties, and (3) if the government didn't guarantee this vital resource (as if government schools provide a decent education), nobody would because they are "too selfish". Feel free to add any others you can think of in the comments.

Most people -- the secularized Christians of the left especially included -- are oblivious to the dangers of religion, so I'll give the late Robert Wegman a pass for supporting parochial schools rather than, say, secular Montessori schools. In addition, there could be other good reasons for his choice, including no other viable alternatives at the time. The point is, the short paragraph above should give pause to anyone who values education and imagines that we need or even want the government to be involved. We see the results of the latter all the time, and have a solid reason here to consider the free market alternative.

-- CAV


Anonymous said...

I worked as a substitute teacher for three years. And boy, it was painful; the schools are not educating the children. The problem is the parents are not actively involved in their children's education. These government schools are not teaching anything. There is NO knowledge being taught. Teaching methods/silly fads are actively opposed to teaching kids how to reason.

Bookish Babe

Gus Van Horn said...


I'm not sure where you worked, but from what I can tell, much of that applies even to the "good" ones.


Anonymous said...

It does. I did not sub at an inner city/poor suburban school district. I subbed in middle class and upper middle class school districts. One of them I attended the district, and it was tragic for me to see how bad it has gotten. I did not return after that one school year. I was too disgusted.

Gus Van Horn said...

That is is discouraging, but thanks for clarifying.