The private and the public
now, it's quite obvious that all of conservapedia is really good at being fucktards and really dumb, but I think the case for privatizing education isn't that horrible.
First off, I really have to say that any discussion that begins with the bedrock understanding that Conservapedia is stoopid is guaranteed to be at least marginally productive!
Considering that demand in the market is much higher now for college education, and literacy and basic skills are pretty mandatory in the workforce, and given that with full privatization, the cost of private education should go down because of intra-college competition.
Okay... considering that those things are true... what? I need an end to that clause. Regardless, however, while I agree that market demand for a college education is higher and that basic literacy is necessary for most any job, and even that more private schools would possibly result in more cheap schools, I'm forced to wonder whether privatizing education would make it any cheaper. Specifically, it costs a certain amount to produce any given good and, unlike private ventures, public ventures do not attempt to make a profit. So, in order for private schools to be cheaper than public, the cost of providing an equally good education plus the profit margin would have to be lower than the cost of providing that education without the profit margin. So, in short, unless public schools have a really, really high overhead (maybe, but probably not worse than many corporations) or private schools are way more efficient (and I doubt that based on my own experience) a shift to an all-private system would most likely increase the average cost of schooling per student. But, yes, the cost for just private schools would likely go down.
It wouldn't make america a cesspool of ignorance by any means, and if the government wanted to support the poor, they could reallocate the funding from the schools towards scholarship programs (even if the college tuition goes up through privatization, this sort of support could get everyone into the schools they deserved).
Well, first off, I don't see why the public should be more interested in using tax monies to give a private corporation profits when it could accomplish the same objective more cheaply with public services. Secondly, I think you're talking about higher education while Conservapedia was talking about primary and secondary education as well. And finally, "they deserved"? What does that mean?
Honestly, with the way education in america is now, trying to pull the willingly ignorant up to a standard of intelligence rather than education those who want education with NCLB & stuff, I almost would support such a system.
And I have no idea what the hell that statement means, although I can see the logic in "education those who want education".
But seriously, I know there are some economists who read this blog: anyone care to offer some articulate remarks on the public vs. private education situation? Because, you know, we could use a few.