Capitalism supports freedom in education as opposed to the tax funded “free” education run by the state. Under capitalism, the indoctrination of the young by the officials of the state is illegal. Under capitalism, education, like food, computers, and medicine, is taken on as a private profit making enterprise, not because education is unimportant, but because it is so important (like all private enterprise this leaves room for private charity, but this is a secondary issue).
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The only “free” education under capitalism is provided by private individuals, i.e., parents paying for their child’s education, i.e., individuals acting as a group, e.g., church groups and non-religious groups.
The price of a “free” public education is freedom. The collectivist (Nazi, communist, socialist) notion that there is such a thing as a “free” education is a monstrous myth — anything of value must be paid for. The state per say produces nothing, all state funds are forcibly taken from others through taxes, etc. When one recommends the “state funding of education to preserve freedom”, one is asking that the freedom of one’s fellow citizens be abridged, that their wealth be looted by public officials, all for the alleged purpose of protecting freedom. This is a contradiction in terms: freedom of action under a system of rights, is never preserved by the violation of those rights. That is, no matter how good the alleged ends, evil means are never justified.
What the advocates of “free” education espouse is not leaving individuals free to pay for their own education, or free to pay for the education of another, or free to decide on the content of that education. Rather, they advocate the robbing of one man to pay the for the unearned benefit (in this case the “schooling”) of another. The proper name for such a program is not “free” education, but is legalized theft. This is what those who advocate “free” state supported education actually endorse.
The key issue here is whether one is forced to pay for education of oneself (or others) voluntarily of one’s own free-will — as with private education; or, if one is forced to pay for the education of oneself (or others) at the point of a gun (to see this gun appear, simply volunteer to refuse to take part in “voluntary” taxation).
Government is an agent of force; force and mind are opposites; to impose the will of public officials upon its citizens, is to render its citizens slaves. Contrary to the collectivist doctrines espoused throughout American colleges, the mind of a child — or an adult — does not belong to the state: each man is an end to himself. It is said that children learn by example, is there any doubt to what kind of example “public-free” schooling is teaching?
If any government is allowed to gain financial control of education, then so it must necessarily take over the content of that education: the realm of ideas. i.e., to make sure it’s “money” is well spent. In such a situation is there any doubt that the supreme ideas to be taught are obedience and servitude to the supremacy of the “people” and its “democratic” spokesperson the state? Such is the death of a free society. For this reason it is of critical importance that the government be completely removed from education, must like it is from religion.
If a parent does not approve of a private school they can remove their children and their money from it, and take both elsewhere. No such option exists in societies with public schools: whether parents send their children to a public schools or not, and whether they approve of the ideas taught in those schools or not, they must still pay for public education through compulsory taxation. This added burden often makes it impossible for many parents to even afford to send their children to private schools.
In fact, in America there are no truly private schools, since government determines the standards and thus much of the content of both public and “private” schools. Today’s “private” schools, like “private” business under Hitler’s Germany, are for the most part are only private in name, but are not private in substance.
There is no such thing as a ‘right to education’, since such a ‘right’ makes slaves of those who are physically forced to pay or teach for someone else’s so called right. For this reason alone public schooling should not be saved, or reformed, but it should be abolished — as it is a violation of individual (human) rights.
As for those select few who cannot afford to pay for their own education they can resort to private charity, which will be greatly enlarged through the use of tax credits. School vouchers is another “mixed economy” option, depending upon how it is implemented. Also, under capitalism, since their would be no public schools, more private schools would appear, which would lead to more competition, and a decrease in the cost of an education.
That a school is private does not make it intellectually better than a public school — a private school can be worse then a public school. Public schools can dip their hands into the public treasury for dollars — private schools cannot. What is important is that a school actually provides a *rational* education.
Under capitalism a private school would have an incentive to provide some level of service; because, if it is not, it will not receive any funds from customers; the same cannot be said of public schools, as the worse they seem to get, the more money they receive.
Having government fund schools means that government will control content. As the money taken from taxpayer’s by government is not limitless, it must be allocated somehow. It is through the allocation of funds that government controls content, i.e., “We don’t like your content, you won’t get any funding from us.”