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Kristopher Wallaert

My Problem with the Public Education System†Part 3

Posted Friday, October 4, 2019, at 9:17 AM
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  • It seems your issue with the Public Education System is that students arenít acquiring the type of education that they could with a private education. Iím not particularly well versed in this topic, so Iíd like to ask a few questions.

    After reading a bit about what Betsy DeVos is pushing for, I quickly found that sheís an advocate for ensuring students of all financial needs have the choice to go for a private school education via scholarships, tax exemptions, etc. Do you think itís possible to make this option a reality for all students?

    In your post, you talk very highly of private education, to the point of saying that public schools need to assimilate what private schools do. Considering the Department of Education has had 150+ years to progress and develop to the current system, is it possible that private education will always be better because they compete for their business? It vaguely appears to be what happens when you apply a free market principle versus a command market like public education. Itís highly unlikely that the concept of a public school in the form of a communist economy will ever excel above private education in a market economy. There isnít a push to advance, or incentive for innovation or productivity.

    As I mentioned above, Iím not well versed in the public/private education topic, but it strikes me as trying to address a symptom, maybe the discussion should be focused on the root cause? Thereís always a temptation to address a symptom, but without addressing the root cause, you become stuck in a perpetual cycle of resolving symptoms instead of fixing it properly. Which might be some of the reason behind why youíre making this post.

    What negative/positive effects do you predict for a highly unlikely scenario where our country opts for private education and decides to start phasing out public schools?

    -- Posted by Lordodson on Sun, Oct 6, 2019, at 9:27 PM
  • Lordodson, thank you for your questions. My latest blog addresses these questions. Thank you for the dialogue, and I look forward to your thoughts.

    -- Posted by drwallaert@gmail.com on Sat, Oct 12, 2019, at 12:14 PM
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