Question: What is socialism?
Answer: Government owned or run, central planning and no competition, a monopoly
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
America has flirted with this concept for years, Amtrak, Post Office, Social Security, Medicaid, GM, and our public schools. In fact the public schools are a perfect example of an imperfect system of government that destroys what it sets out to fix.
Americas public school system is based on the Prussian system of mandatory education form the early 19th century. (Read this)(and see this) The point of the system was not to educate but rather to indoctrinate, to create better Lutherans.
Add to this model of education the unions and you have a perfect, self-serving institution that cares not one bit for the people whom they serve. The children are not the center of the education system, they are a necessary evil to the ends they system desires, More pay, less work, more benefit, let out put…
With the spending per student ever on the rise we would expect to have one of the best schools systems in the world, yet we do not. We keep spending, and our schools keep failing. The more we spend the worst we seem to do. Why is this? Simple, because we have a socialistic system of education. No competition and no accountability.
Teachers want smaller classrooms, they state is will increase the level of quality education, yet there is no proof of this. The schools bow down to the union demands, and we get smaller classrooms. The result, less students for the teachers to deal with, meaning more teachers needed to teach and the test results are no different, we still have a failing system. Yet we just spent millions of dollars… (How schools are funded)
Better educated teachers will produce better educated students… This is the next big lie… The unions tie the level of education to the pay the teacher receives. So if a bad teacher has a masters in education they will make more than the good teacher with out the masters. No need to prove your value, just buy it. Oh, and if you’re a bad teacher that was able to stick it out and get tenure than your golden. The unions created a system the rewards you for nothing, no out-come based achievements are needed, just do your time and they will take care of the rest.
This my friends is socialism at its best. When you create a system that is not based on market needs, be it education or food production, you create a system that is doomed to fail. With in the American education system we have no competition, so we have no need to improve, we have no accountability. Yet, if we were to allow the education system to become a free market system, allowing the tax dollars to follow the student to what ever school they choose, be it secular or religious, we would than create a system that fosters competition and that my friends would guarantee an improvement.
Look at any industry run by the government and I will show you an industry that is miss managed. The Post Office, Amtrak or the Educational System, all miss managed and wasteful. None of them have incentives to improve, the government will continue to toss money at them, with new five year plans designed to fix the system. Of course the plan includes lots of new money but no accountability.
With the Obama administrations enactment of ObamaCare, we will see the same ineptness in our heath care as we see in our education and other
government run entities. God help us all if we don’t fix this now.
How do we fix it, privatize it all, allow the free market to do it’s thing. The strong will survive and the others will change or fade away.
Socialism has no part to take in America, we need to rid ourselves of this parasite and return to the free market solutions this great country was founded on.