Consider for a moment, the impending impact of the Internet upon public education. Obviously, some hundred thirty thousand school plants and staffs are now unnecessary to educate kids.
Their secondary function, warehousing said kids while their parents are at work, can be assumed at much lower cost by the private sector while the Internet delivers the education. And unless the government interferes, that education will be better and offer many more choices.
Realistically, as this nirvana must occur over the dead bodies of unions, educators and the politicians who represent them, it will not occur as soon as it should. Indeed, if school teachers had been regular users of buggy whips, we would still be seeing them, or at least our kids would. Nevertheless, the change will occur at some point and the relevant question then will be: What will the kids be taught?
If government has its way, that question will never come up: Kids will be taught whatever the government decrees that they should learn. The ongoing Common Core program of uniform nationwide curriculum standards is intended to supply exactly that. If on the other hand, the government is somehow kept out of the market, the kids will learn whatever their parents select for them from a wide variety of choices. That’s how markets, left alone, function.
That ‘left alone’ part will be crucial and it will occur over the dead body of government and whatever remains at that point of the educational establishment. We do not care to wager on the point, though our preferences are all for truly public education as opposed to government imposition of same. But we are known to be fond of obsolete ideas …
This scenario is already being decided, under the radar. Common Core is resisted in a few places — not many — and the collective media (pun intended) are remaining quiet to facilitate the progress of the program before too many realize what’s up. The questions for American citizens are two: First, do you want centralized control of public education into the future? And second, if not, what are you going to do about it?