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Should Public Schools Exist?

Should the government be permitted to remove children from their homes and subject the children to educational training and procedures of which the parents may or may not approve? Should citizens have their wealth expropriated to support an educational system which they may or may not sanction and to pay for the education of children who are not their own?

Clete, Theology Online 71 Comments [4/3/2012 3:49:13 AM]
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I don't know. Ask Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin.

4/3/2012 4:09:59 AM

Table Rock

No, let's have children stay home so they will have no choice but to work as unskilled labor. The middle class will dry up and we will be left with a society of only the rich, educated elite and the uneducated poor. Read some history and see what that situation usually leads to.

4/3/2012 4:16:20 AM


Your name is Clete - that's all I have to say, and it is sufficient.

4/3/2012 4:24:05 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

Should citizens have their wealth expropriated to pay for firetrucks that put out fires at houses that may or may not be theirs?

Should citizens have their wealth expropriated to pay for military hardware to be used in wars that they may or may not agree with?

Should citizens have their wealth expropriated to fill potholes on roads they may or may not use every day?

Hey, this is fun! I could go on all day!

4/3/2012 4:25:22 AM


yay! stop taxing gay people to pay for the edjumication of your offspring.

Or maybe not!

4/3/2012 4:27:29 AM


These system setup by the make sure to give a chance to every kid to have a chance to make something better of the shelves.

I feel honored that some of my taxes go to help schools, because there are some families even these days who can barely afford to pay their rent, food, clothes.

I was one of those families...

4/3/2012 4:30:03 AM


Suddenly I'm compelled to say "America. Love it or leave it."

4/3/2012 4:41:02 AM

N. De Plume

It’s called promoting the general welfare, dumbass.

4/3/2012 4:41:15 AM


4/3/2012 4:42:33 AM


Seems to be better for the economy in general, and children who don't have public education pushed upon them can suffer later in life.

So, yes. They should.

4/3/2012 4:44:46 AM


Yeah, you guys commenting... You DO realize that the public education was designed in Germany by a Prussian warlord to foster conformity and allegiance to the state, right? Do you also realize that this "one size fits all" bullshit is unrealistic? I don't think this was a very post at all.

4/3/2012 4:52:33 AM


Yes, and what Percy Q. Shunn said. Love that handle, BTW.

4/3/2012 4:54:31 AM

I'm single with no children. Yet I can see as clear as the nose on my face the need for public education in society.

Clete should try it sometime.

4/3/2012 4:54:47 AM


@Keitaro: And Hitler ate sugar, your point?

4/3/2012 4:59:00 AM


No, they shouldn't. The children of the poor should remain ignorant and underqualified, and be poor themselves. There should be a massive underclass of easily manipulated bigots ready to believe any self-important asshole with a book, and carry any demagogue on their shoulders. We shouldn't move a finger to improve the collective knowledge of humanity, and ideally children should only know as much as their parents, at best.

4/3/2012 4:59:00 AM


I have no children of my own. I will still benefit from the children of today getting a decent education, so that some of them can take care of me when I am old and in some kind of retirement home, some of them can take care of my money in a bank, some of them can fix my plumbing, sell me groceries, fix my electricity, etc, etc, etc. I certainly won't benefit from a large body of uneducated and frustrated young people, regardless of whether they are my relatives or not.

4/3/2012 5:00:10 AM

Philbert McAdamia

Shud public skools exist?
Or shud famblys teech there chirrens the RITE way???? @ home! Bibillically.

Cletus, T.S.J. Yokel

4/3/2012 5:03:13 AM


The point is that it's not for the good of the people. It's for the good of those in power.

@Robespierre Oh, and who's IN CHARGE of that public education? What about this "under God" in the pledge of allegiance? (Which itself is just brainwashing into blind obedience to the state). Creation in public schools? Yeah, THAT'S a real success, right?

4/3/2012 5:04:00 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Well since the alternative is brainwashing children into the very opposite of reason, then I say yes.

4/3/2012 5:04:21 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Oh no! The children may actually learn to think for themselves!

4/3/2012 5:16:01 AM


Yes. I like living in a first world country. Can we have first world healthcare now?

4/3/2012 5:22:13 AM


Should Public Schools Exist?

He's right. Scrap them. You can never have too many shithouse cleaners. And that is about all that these youngsters would be good for, if Clete and his ilk have their way.

4/3/2012 5:29:49 AM

@Mikgof Um, what relevant "skills" are learned in public schools? Aside from math and maybe english. Every good paying job out there requires specialized education or training.

4/3/2012 5:32:25 AM


Absolutely not! If all the children in the country received a properly uniform education across all disciplines, they might stumble upon common ground for treating one another with respect. /Then/ who will wage our sectarian wars??

4/3/2012 5:33:04 AM

Leighton Buzzard

What you are really asking is, should children whose parents cannot afford to stay home or pay for private schools, have their children educated at all?

4/3/2012 5:48:06 AM

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