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May 11 2015

Should Private Education Be Banned to Combat Inequality?

Back in 1920, Komunistka laid forth the utopian vision of statist education:

Under capitalism children were frequently, too frequently, a heavy and unbearable burden on the proletarian family. Communist society will come to the aid of the parents. In Soviet Russia the Commissariats of Public Education and of Social Welfare are already doing much to assist the family. We already have homes for very small babies, creches, kindergartens, children’s colonies and homes, hospitals and health resorts for sick children. restaurants, free lunches at school and free distribution of text books, warm clothing and shoes to schoolchildren. All this goes to show that the responsibility for the child is passing from the family to the collective. …

The playgrounds, gardens, homes and other amenities where the child will spend the greater part of the day under the supervision of qualified educators will, on the other hand, offer an environment in which the child can grow up a conscious communist who recognises the need for solidarity, comradeship, mutual help and loyalty to the collective. …

There is no escaping the fact: the old type of family has had its day.

Yet even today some do try to escape. In brazen violation of collectivist ideology, they favor their own children over children they don’t know. This is often manifested by children being sent to private schools, where they usually receive vastly superior educations. Oligarchical collectivists don’t like it:

Earlier [last] week my colleague J.D. Tuccille commented on the work of two left-wing British political philosophers who believe that strict limits should be placed on the rights of parents in order to create “a more level playing field” for all children.

Private schooling could lead to excellence. Excellence and equality cannot coexist. You don’t have a level playing field unless every blade of grass is cut down to the height of the shortest blade.

I wonder if these progressive British philosophers are aware that the idea of banning private education has already been tried and rejected here in the United States. Back in 1922, the Ku Klux Klan and other anti-Catholic groups spearheaded an Oregon initiative that resulted in the prohibition of all private schooling within that state. Known as the Compulsory Education Act, this law required all children between the ages of eight and 16 to attend “a public school for the period of time a public school shall be held during the current year.” The Society of Sisters, a corporate entity organized in 1880 to provide for the care and education of orphans, challenged this prohibition in federal court, arguing that it violated the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, which forbids the states from depriving “any person [including corporate persons] of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

Socialism itself has been tried and rejected. For example, during World War I, Woodrow Wilson nationalized the railroads, a ham-fisted act of tyranny from which they never fully recovered. Just because it has failed in the past doesn’t mean it can’t be tried again and again. Otherwise counterproductive concepts out of FDR’s catastrophic New Deal (e.g., minimum wage) wouldn’t continue to cripple the economy to this day.

Failure is never more than a temporary setback for oligarchical collectivists, for whom the only real failure is the continuing existence of individual liberty.

On tips from J.




24 Responses to “Should Private Education Be Banned to Combat Inequality?”

  1. You can’t make people smarter by making smart people stupid.

  2. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    All of this started with bussing.. Add in outlawing freedom of association and compulsory state education

  3. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    All of this started with bussing.. Add in outlawing freedom of association and compulsory state education

  4. MicahStone says:

    Without union-controlled public indoctrination –err, “education”, the lunatic-left extremist ideology would die with the current advocates. They can’t and won’t let that happen.

  5. MicahStone says:

    Without union-controlled public indoctrination –err, “education”, the lunatic-left extremist ideology would die with the current advocates. They can’t and won’t let that happen.

  6. Amethyst says:

    These Marxists want YOUR kids to wallow in the cesspool of ignorance that is the modern school system. When it comes time for the Commissars to send their kids to school, you can bet they’ll choose the best private schools possible (if not in this country, then in some other country.)

    All animals are equal, but some animals…..

  7. Amethyst says:

    These Marxists want YOUR kids to wallow in the cesspool of ignorance that is the modern school system. When it comes time for the Commissars to send their kids to school, you can bet they’ll choose the best private schools possible (if not in this country, then in some other country.)

    All animals are equal, but some animals…..

  8. Saxon Warrior says:

    Libtards are such useless, lying, illogical morons they should NEVER, EVER have any positions of authority in any decent moral society.
    Should we all gouge our eyes out so that blind people don’t feel discriminated against?
    Should we all sexually abuse our kids so that kids who are molested don’t feel discriminated against?
    I’m sick and tired of these Leftist monsters telling us how the rest of us should live our lives and how everybody should lower their standards to drop down to the Lib idea of equality.
    They are the lowest, most ignorant, nasty and worthless of people. It’s about time that every single Liberal was kicked out of government, out of education and out of the Media!
    They are slime-balls, disgusting and rotten to the core.

  9. Saxon Warrior says:

    Libtards are such useless, lying, illogical morons they should NEVER, EVER have any positions of authority in any decent moral society.
    Should we all gouge our eyes out so that blind people don’t feel discriminated against?
    Should we all sexually abuse our kids so that kids who are molested don’t feel discriminated against?
    I’m sick and tired of these Leftist monsters telling us how the rest of us should live our lives and how everybody should lower their standards to drop down to the Lib idea of equality.
    They are the lowest, most ignorant, nasty and worthless of people. It’s about time that every single Liberal was kicked out of government, out of education and out of the Media!
    They are slime-balls, disgusting and rotten to the core.

  10. Son_of_Taz says:

    John F Kennedy signed the law allowing public sector employees to unionize, and that’s when the downfall began.

  11. Eddie_Valiant says:

    John F Kennedy signed the law allowing public sector employees to unionize, and that’s when the downfall began.

  12. Nan says:

    The pilgrims tried communism. It didn’t work.

  13. Nan says:

    The pilgrims tried communism. It didn’t work.

  14. John Lewis says:

    True equality is found only in the graveyard. That is why contemporary leftism is a death cult.

  15. John Lewis says:

    True equality is found only in the graveyard. That is why contemporary leftism is a death cult.

  16. IMPACT1 says:

    The NEGATIVITY that envelopes ANYTHING LIBERAL is so THICK you can’t even cut it with a knife…a chainsaw would be more useful.

  17. IMPACT1 says:

    The NEGATIVITY that envelopes ANYTHING LIBERAL is so THICK you can’t even cut it with a knife…a chainsaw would be more useful.

  18. IMPACT1 says:

    What there aren’t ENOUGH Federally Funded Colleges ?

    Must EVERYONE “Sell their Souls to the Government”??

  19. IMPACT1 says:

    What there aren’t ENOUGH Federally Funded Colleges ?

    Must EVERYONE “Sell their Souls to the Government”??

  20. ed says:

    in the uk it is now a criminal offence to open a new grammer school !

  21. ed says:

    in the uk it is now a criminal offence to open a new grammer school !

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