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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:51 AM
Actually, while I share your frustration and outrage, I don't think that's where it starts. I think it is a function of big-government. Don't get me wrong, the public "education" racket is a significant piece of big-government, but it's only a piece. When free markets exist, education rises to meet the demands. What is taught is what is bought, and what is bought is what brings VALUE in return. Education, in a free market, is PRODUCTIVITY training. And productivity training covers a wide spectrum throughout the economy. Different strokes for different folks, all driven by self-interest. The current public education system does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do, people are simply unclear on its true mission. cont'd...
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:58 AM
Though I will say, when one looks for a beachhead to battle against big-government, home-schooling is a GREAT place to start. Because it is easy to show how much people outperform the entrenched system, and with less cost. And there is still some sense of outrage left at being told that a bureacrat knows better how to teach your kids than you. It's a winner, as these subjects go.
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:54 AM
Divorced from the free market, the current public education system provides a few with the skills to hoodwink the people and demand ever larger government, and it provides the indoctrination of the rest to accept what is done to them like the good little serfs they are. It also provides huge control over money to the folks in power, and gives them a voting bloc that is very consistent and reliable. It works perfectly. It's just not designed to educate a free and productive people.

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