I think the government has a role to play in educating our kids. And the reason I think this is because children ate not free actors in all of their decisions. For example, if left to their own devices, many parents would just skate on school and may never force their kids to go.
I think that kids need to be protected from that.
With that said, I don’t think that government actually has to BE the educators. It is enough that they ensure an education is given:
Raleigh, N.C. — Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, on Monday filed a bill that would help families pay for private school tuition.
Stam calls the proposal the “Opportunity Scholarship program,” but opponents say it’s a voucher scheme that won’t help students who need it most.
“Parents can do a better job of picking the best educational environment for their child than the state can,” Stam said. “This empowers parents of limited means to make that choice effectively.”
I’m not sure that state education is better than private education. In fact, my experience is that the private school is better. As long as the government is ensuring that a kid is educated, why should it matter where that education takes place? And to the extent that it DOES matter, why not send the kid to the better school?