Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Number two, when we talk about the public school system, people perceive it and treat it as though the funding for it is a foregone conclusion and that it has always been that way. It hasn’t always been that way. Whether you have children in the school systems or not, you’re still required to fund it. The parents that have their children, even if both of them work, they certainly are paying. They’re funding them whether they choose to or not. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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AG: The question I’ve always had with public education and the idea that Dr. Paul was talking about, what do you do with the kids whose parents have two jobs or simply can’t do the teaching at home? I hate the idea that they can get lost in the shuffle somehow.
Mike: Number one, it’s a valid concern and always has been a valid concern. Number two, when we talk about the public school system, people perceive it and treat it as though the funding for it is a foregone conclusion and that it has always been that way. It hasn’t always been that way. Whether you have children in the school systems or not, you’re still required to fund it. The parents that have their children, even if both of them work, they certainly are paying. They’re funding them whether they choose to or not.
I say, when it comes to public, meaning the public owns the buildings and it must be equal, can’t discriminate, certain norms and standards, can’t react the way a private education does, I say if you don’t tax the people for an education system to start with, you could say we’re not going to tax you anymore but we’re going to leave the truancy laws in place. You have to send them, but you can choose where you send them, but you have to pay for it. Then you would have parents not choosing to live in neighborhoods they don’t want to live in because they have to get in a school district. You would have a real suburban revival.
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You might even have an urban revival because there would not be a competition to get the available housing — real estate agents would hate this — that the government has said: If you live in this neighborhood you get to go to this school district. I think it opens up competition. Am I opposed, in the Wilhelm Roepke sense of the word, to the State of Louisiana having an all bets off, everything has failed, we have to have some public school system? I am not opposed to it. However, I think the primary system should be private. Most citizens, not all — what about all those single mothers out there that have all those kids they don’t want to have or recklessly had all those kids? This is something the states have to do, though. The State of Maryland has to do it, the State of Louisiana has to do it. I would think that we would have to have some kind of a public system.
If this reformation ever happens, you may then see the reemergence of Methodist schools, Baptist schools, Catholic schools, Presbyterian schools. The churches might pick up the rest of the slack. If you don’t have the money to send your kid, we have a scholarship program. Our parishioners pay for it. Don’t worry Mrs. Smith with your three children, we have you covered. If you can donate during the year, great, but our parishioners have funded the school. In my perfect world, that’s the way I see it. Then ultimately we just get rid of the truancy laws and allow real competition.
Like I told my daughter, she’s writing an article for her school newspaper about saving money through education. She said: Well, the Chinese do this on test scores. I said: You’re not reading the real story about those Chinese test scores. All Chinese children do not go to school. They all go to some early schools and then they pick the achievers, send them over to the academy and turn those test scores into the UN. This is not the population writ large that is going to those schools and is being tested. They are actually doing the exact opposite of what we’re doing. They’re segregating the smarties, and the government is doing it. I think citizens ought to do it, but that’s just me.
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