Although Americans are currently politically polarized and divided on many issues the belief that the children in our community should be educated at public expense so that all are educated is one thing we all seem agree on. As proof of that check out this opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times that advocates closing the public schools.
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The author, Jonah Goldberg, is not questioning the value of education. Mr. Goldberg argues that educating all the children is so important that it should not be done by the government, which he feels is inherently incompetent in everything it does, but by the private sector. He advocates the government cutting checks (apparently something he trusts the government to do well) for every child which would be used to pay for education provided by the private sector.
So, rather than public schools which accept all children, no questions asked, we would have a system in which a child is only provided an education if the parents are on a government list of some sort – the list from which the checks are printed. We don’t know if Mr. Goldberg sees it as a plus or minus that his system would not educate all of the children that the current system does since he does not discuss this
Local blogger, thescoundrel, in comments posted in response to my previous entry advocated not educating children of illegal immigrants. What Mr. Goldberg and thescoundrel seem to be working toward is a change in our definition of community. They think we are making a mistake to include everyone who lives and works here in our community – the community of people whose children we educate, the community of people we consider Americans, the people we consider "like us". They say this not racism or xenophobia and perhaps it is not. But it sure does not seem moral or ethical or right to me.