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Answers to the Most Common Objections to Privatizing Public Education

As I am working to restore the republic by dismantling public education I find many parents and teachers that are furious with our public education system. Most want to simply reform the system. I would caution them that the likelihood of success at reforming the system is small. Reformers have been working at it for half a century without much success. I would liken it to reforming federal spending. It’s too big. We’ve passed the tipping point. There are too many powerful entrenched interests opposing them including big government progressives, big union bosses and giant corporate moguls. They have billions of dollars to spend. I want people to consider a radical solution that could be achieved outside the normal political processes. It involves your choice in the limited time that may be available. I want to address the most common objections I hear to privatization.

“It would be impossible to accomplish.” True, through normal political/ legislative processes. Maybe not as impossible as overturning Common Core! The entire funding system is based upon daily attendance. A sizeable boycott (25%+) would bankrupt many school districts, thus forcing legislative relief which would trigger the debate. A large scale boycott would make enforcement of truancy laws impossible. Social media can be exploited to enable a boycott to go viral. Parents would not have to make immediate alternative plans. You could say that you were home schooling, do it in the evening or work with other parents. A viral boycott could shut the system down within a few months. There would be a transition phase where private alternatives would arise. There would be thousands of teachers seeking employment. There would be empty real estate available for lease at bargain prices.

I hear this objection: “Most people do not or cannot home school and cannot afford private school. What would happen to poor and inner city children?” Federal and state income and sales taxes could be reduced by eliminating education spending. Education spending is the largest budget item in most states. Total taxpayer investment in K-12 education in the United States for the 2004-05 school year is estimated to be $536 billion. Most property taxes could be cut by 60 – 75%. See: http://febp.newamerica.net/background-analysis/school-finance

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

“Federal K-12 education spending—including spending in the Department of Education and other departments—has increased rapidly. Spending jumped from $12.5 billion in 1965 to $72.8 billion in 2008—a more than five-fold increase.”

See more at: http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/education/k-12-education-subsidies#sthash.OJihhsTC.dpuf

As property taxes are reduced, housing expense will be reduced. Even landlords are subject to competition. This would help pay for private education or make it possible for one parent to stay home to home school. The cost/ pupil in private education is less than a public education now. As competition and choice increased, private education costs would likely decline. Private schools and charities could offer scholarships for poor children who are committed to learning. Typically, especially in inner city schools, a number of students disrupt the learning environment because they have no interest in being educated and parents are either absent or disinterested. Too many kids aspire to a life of crime or dependency. Teachers and schools spend a disproportionate amount of time and money attempting to control/ educate these students to the detriment of other students. The success rate with these students is low. Many aspire to a life of crime and that is where many end up anyway. After all of the time and expense a large proportion of these end up incarcerated or on public assistance. In a private school, disruptive students and uncooperative parents would be expelled. We really don’t have much to lose by letting many of these kids go. Perhaps some will wise up through the school of hard knocks.

I hear teachers say that they would suffer pay reductions and many good quality teachers would quit. Teacher pay reductions would probably be temporary. As the number of private schools expanded dramatically, demand for quality teachers would increase proportionally. In a private environment teacher pay would be based more on performance than seniority. Privatization would eliminate much of the dead wood in the teacher corps. Teacher performance would be evaluated more by the teacher’s direct supervisor rather than some nameless bureaucrat and it would not be based upon some bogus standardized test. With reduced class sizes and fewer disruptive students, teachers would be able to focus on teaching. The job experience would be much more enjoyable. With privatization, there would be much more diversity in styles of teaching and curriculum as different schools sought to carve out their own niche. Teachers would have more of a say in developing curriculum and teaching methods. Teaching would be a more rewarding career in more ways than just money. Too many teachers today are burned out because of the system they are forced to work under. 10 years x $100,000. = $1,000,000. 25 years x $75,000. = $1,875,000.

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Remember the Alamo

I attended a meeting of several hundred evangelical Christian pastors last week. There was practically unanimous concern that our nation is on the brink of utter destruction. Rampant corruption, gross immorality, widespread violence and sexual perversion are but symptoms of a sick society that is described prophetically in Second Timothy chapter 3: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2Ti 3:1-4) One of the speakers was a pastor from a cowboy church in Texas. He wept as he compared our country to a disobedient horse ignoring God’s call to “whoa!” He feared that we may have already reached a point where the wrath of God would fall upon this land. I shared similar feelings with him, only I compared it to a capsizing sailboat that had already passed the tipping point.

David Barton of Wall Builders, also a Texan, was a speaker at the meeting. Anyone familiar with David knows that he is a treasure trove of American history and the Bible. He provided us some interesting information from researchers such as George Barna. Most importantly, that Americans are biblically illiterate and that the level of illiteracy increases among younger generations. Not surprisingly, Barton pointed out that even though evangelical Christians vote in great numbers, they don’t vote significantly different than the population in general. So, we have “Christians” voting for homosexual marriage and a President who asks God to bless Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Much of the blame rests with those in the pulpit. Research was reported that less than 3% of pastors preached a message about homosexual marriage or abortion in the year preceding the election. Our pastors, perhaps more interested in building their church than God’s church, would prefer to preach “seeker sensitive” messages about how we can be happy. So the theme of the meeting was to encourage pastors to “stand up” for biblical truth.

The group also heard from Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.  They both gave speeches supporting biblical values. While I’m sure that either would make a better President than the current jihadist-in-chief, I’m skeptical that, given the country’s current level of knowledge, either could get elected or that it just might be too late. It occurred to me that these speakers were preaching to the choir. Most of the pastors were well into their fifties or older. I saw very few younger pastors there. Who is going to reach the younger generation? Even if these older pastors do preach biblical truth, will younger people listen? Again, I’m skeptical. Sometimes I think that the only thing that will get the attention of these young folks is cold, cruel reality. That horse may need a case of divine whoop ass in order to get their attention. Perhaps the best that we can do is to pray for mercy and a miracle.

I was struck by the contingent of Texans at this Iowa meeting. Last week, brave Texans battled Satanists to pass the strictest pro-life law in the land. Perhaps, God’s grace will shine on Texas. It just may end up being the last free place on earth. Thinking of all of these Texans at the meeting, my memory was jogged to recall the phrase “Remember the Alamo!” It was a rallying cry for Texans fighting for their freedom to remember the brave men that died in defense of that freedom.

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Fundamentally Transforming America

Election eve, 2008, President-elect Obama claims, “We are one step closer to fundamentally transforming America, forever.” The mob of Chicago admirers cheered uproariously. What did this mean to them? Was it just another nebulous, but exhilarating one liner like hope and change? Or were they cheering that somehow he would bring about some sort of justice for the perceived wrongs that had been perpetrated upon the “poor” people by big corporations and old, white, rich men? Maybe they were just happy to finally be done with George Bush, who the media had successfully demonized as the cruelest oppressor of Americans since King George III. For five years now, we’ve all been working to understand what he meant. Some of us had a clue and a few have been attempting to stop him. Sometimes it feels like we have our finger in the proverbial dike.

The transformation is proceeding. We’ve experienced the largest expansion of government spending and its attendant power in our history. The process of nationalizing health care has begun, which will necessitate that government must control all of your lifestyle choices. Redistribution of wealth through higher taxation for all but the lowest incomes will commence this year. We all know that stealing from the rich and giving to the poor creates prosperity. The attacks on Americans who cling to their guns and religion have been amped up. He promised to save us from global warming and so the coal industry has been destroyed. No new nuclear plants have been put on line, but we’ve seen the landscape polluted with giant windmills and failed solar energy plants with connections to the Obama campaign. So, energy prices have skyrocketed just as he promised. Unfortunately, the oppressed poor haven’t really benefitted from any of this transformation. In fact, they’re worse off than before it started. But, that’s the fault of the Republicans somehow, despite the fact that they have not been able to have a single policy victory in five years.

Some years ago I had heard about a dastardly vision that liberals had for forcing us all (except for the political elite, of course) back into the inner cities. Supposedly, Obama was involved with a group in Chicago whose goal was “cities without suburbs.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a yard and a garden. I prefer to see my grandchildren running around the yard instead of some tenement infested with gangbangers. I hadn’t heard much more about this since 2008, but then, this week I happened upon an interview on Fox News with Megyn Kelly. She was interviewing Stanley Kurtz, author of Spreading the Wealth Around: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay For the Cities. [1]  According to Kurtz, “The idea of smart growth policies is that you should get out of your car, don’t move to the suburbs. You should live in a tiny, densely packed apartment building in the city where you would walk and take public transportation, (not) drive”.[2] How do they intend to accomplish the monumental task of forcing us all back into the crowded city? They had planned to implement it by legislating a cap and trade system whereby the connected liberals would line their pockets by selling carbon credits to everyone. But, those rascally Republicans said no again, so instead, they will use the new SS, the EPA. If one searches the EPA website, we can learn about what they call the Sustainable Communities Initiative.

“The Sustainable Communities Initiative is an exciting new program introduced by the Obama administration and spearheaded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It calls for a collaborative and integrated approach between federal agencies – particularly HUD, DOT and EPA – to promote more equitable, livable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities throughout our metropolitan regions.

SCI must require a strong focus on social and racial justice goals.

The mission of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy.”[3]

Permit me to interpret. When you hear liberals talk about “social and racial justice”, they mean wealth redistribution. Payback. Reparations. A “clean energy” economy means, no fossil fuels, ie. gasoline. That means you must walk, take the bus or ride the train.

Continuing my train of thought from last week, Obama is motivated by a deep seated hatred of everything American.[4] There’s nothing more American than a little bit of private space in the country to enjoy the great outdoors. He wants to punish us for generations of imperialism by forcing us all into small apartments in the city to live like trapped rats.

Fundamentally Transforming America

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