One Government Pot

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

John Stossel expresses a preference for the phase "government schools" over the more common "public schools" in his latest column:

I call them "government" instead of "public" schools because not much is "public" about them. Members of the public don't get to pick their kids' schools, teachers, curriculum or cost.

By contrast, supermarkets are "private" yet open to everyone. You can stroll in 24 hours a day. Just try that with your kid's public school. You might be arrested.
He also does a nice job of calling into question a favorite kind of leftist "argument" he found in a "bizarre column in Slate" I also encountered, thanks to a reader:
The columnist wrote, "If every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve ... It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good."

This is how leftists think. Everyone must jump into the government pot. Even if it is mediocre (or worse), we're all in this together. Otherwise, the rich will get all the goods, and the poor will suffer.

Don't they notice that cellphones, cars and air conditioning keep improving yet poor people are able to buy them? No.
Of course, they also don't seem to realize that the improvements don't take "generations" to occur.

Unlike the good Mr. Stossel, however, I am more prone to yield to the "temptation" he refers to in his last sentence.

-- CAV


Mike N said...

"This is how leftists think" should be "This is how leftists feel." They don't think. Their reasoning mind is entirely devoted to rationalizing their feelings which are based on false values they were taught when young but never bothered to question.

Steve D said...

I call public schools, government schools and private schools are properly known as independent schools but for a different reason. Most private schools are not private except in terms of ownership. They do not restrict membership. In fact, they are usually open to anyone willing to pay the tuition.

'If every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve.'

Unfortunately, not even that is true but probably the opposite.

Gus Van Horn said...

Mike and Steve,

Your comments (on emotionalism and failing to question anything; and on what would happen if everyone attended public schools, respectively) are exemplified by theSlate piece Stossel mentions.