The Case For The Separation of School and State
I don’t feel the need to describe all the deficiencies of the Public School System. My advice to parents is simply this. Teach your kids to read before they start school. I bought a set of McGuffey Readers online for $45. I tought my oldest son how to read at 4 years old. On the 13th of this month he will be 7 years old. He has read at least 10 books this year already and I never need to ask him to read. He asks me for books. He goes to the school library every week and checks out books. What kind of books is he reading? Here’s a sample of his recently devoured volumes:
- The Wizard of Oz
- Star Wars Episodes IV, V and VI
- Star Wars the Clone Wars
- Star Wars Adventures in Hyperspace
- Doctor Dolittle
- Guardians of Ga’Hoole – The Capture
- Tom Thumb
- Around the World in 80 Days
- Treasure Island
- Edgar Alan Poe’s The Raven
Last year he read 11 Magic Treehouse books and there are many more volumes not mentioned.
Now I am quite certain I will teach all four of my children to read from this same set of books. I would love to see the public schools try to teach 4 kids to read on a $45 budget. It just isn’t gonna happen. We just keep pouring more and more money down that rat hole and the schools keep pumping out illiterate children.
Pretty soon we will need to rethink this system anyway. In case you hadn’t noticed we are broke as a nation. The tuition bubble is about to burst. The first to get hit will be institutions of higher learning. They are so dependent on Government guaranteed loans. That money at the ready is what is causing tuition rates to skyrocket year after year. Think about it. It is the same scenario which just saw played out in the real estate market. Cheap federal loans are fueling a bubble.
Here’s how you can think about it. Suppose 25 people are sitting in an auction room with $500 in their pockets. That’s a total of $12,500 in the room. After the first two items sell for $100-$125 a late comer sits down with $30,000. What will happen to the auction price of any single item this newcomer is interested in? The federal government is bidding up the cost of a college education. Many institutions who have no endowments, foundations, or alumni charity programs to keep them going are going to go belly up when the government is no longer able to sustain these programs. Either way, when the public money runs dry, tuition rates will plummet.
Reference: Moody’s July 2011 Report