Parents Are Idiots, or So Believes the State

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Thank goodness
parents are idiots. Otherwise, at least half of the current tax-funded
bozos — the so-called public servants whose sole mission is to supplant
parental rights and decision-making — would be unemployed, taking
their aggressive panhandling to the streets nonetheless. And, we
can’t have that, can we?

Of course,
not all parents are idiots. One special class of the omniscient
exists; those parents employed by government or associated organizations
(can you say teachers unions). These folks are never idiots since
they drink from the fountain of enlightenment. The fountain whose
source is the never-ending stream of tax dollars, and whose drain
is the never-clogged pipeline of bloated salaries.

Parents are
idiots. Yes, that is a harsh statement. However, from what I read
— from what the state and its minions believe, it is absolutely
true. Offensive, but true.

Alright, put
up or shut up! Fair enough. A
recently published study on public school choice
looked at the
schools parents chose when they were allowed to select between the
various Milwaukee public schools. The study reports that many parents
chose schools based on nonacademic reasons; parents chose schools
for reasons other than the state’s definition of a quality program.

So there you
have it, parents are idiots simply because they do not choose the
state solution. Moms and dads failed the test of parenting as defined
by the state. Remove the children and begin mandatory indoctrination,
for parent and child alike.

This is by
no means the first study to report such findings. In fact, this
study is but one of many that defines the abilities of parents solely
on their choosing, or not choosing, the state-defined correct answer.

Let’s take
a different look at this logic: Consider the intelligence of leaders
in the market place. For example: We know that many business are
run by idiots. How do we know that? Well, we know for certain that
many businesses do not use the government-favored solution for sending
documents and packages.

That’s right.
In case you were unaware of it, many businesses owners choose to
bypass the US Postal Service when they need to send important, time-sensitive
stuff in a cheap, competent manner. Amazing, isn’t it? These seemingly
intelligent and successful folks actually forgo the government solution
in favor of a free market one.

Our conclusion
is obvious: Based on the logic applied to parents and school choice,
these business owners must be idiots. In fact, they are idiots.
Call in the bureaucrats to stop the madness.

Here is the
rub for all systems of so-called choice under a government-funded
— taxpayer-funded — system of education: Parental choice will always
fail to meet the arbitrary standards and ends of the political effete
… er, elite. No, wait, effete was correct.

This will be
true whether the system is one which includes choice of schools
within a school district, charter schools, or any of the assorted
voucher programs or proposal. In all cases, parents will choose
UPS and FedEx when the correct choice — in the eyes of the state
— is USPS.

It’s a rainbow
that many like to chase, looking for the pot of gold that is government-funded
school choice. But, like any true rainbow, the end — the pot of
gold — is over the next hill, just out of reach.

Choice cannot
exist when the ends are politically defined. And, no market can
exist where goods must conform to government standards.

Ardent voucher
advocates believe that parents will spend government funds in a
manner that provides the best education for their children. Setting
aside for the moment the fact that vouchers are theft and can never
be associated with a free market solution, it is true that parents
will choose what is best for their children. Nevertheless, what
is best is never the ends deified by the state; politically-derived
curriculum, tests, and standards.

Just as in
Milwaukee, parents will opt for something else; something better.
And, with each parental choice, government, the teachers unions,
and many so-called advocates of school choice, will begin to build
a case against the abilities of parents to choose what is best for
their children.

Regulation
upon regulation will appear. The promised land of innovation and
entrepreneurship associated with tax-funded school choice will never
be reached. Private suppliers of education will be forced to conform
to the ends defined by the blobs that suffocate DC and every state
capital. And, these ends will never be the ends desired by parents.

The assumed
array of educational programs will begin to look like shelves of
generic food; cans with white wrappers that read “Education. Caution:
contains state indoctrination.” The consumers — the parents and
students — will not be sovereign under this system. No, only the
state will have control.

You can paint
the pig — government-run education — and dress it up as choice,
but it will be the same pig nonetheless.

Advocate for
vouchers and know for a fact that the end result is more studies
claiming that you are an idiot. Advocate for the end of tax-supported,
government-run schools and the only thing that you have to fear
is the hobo village of educrats searching for handouts.

Not too worry,
they are neither too bright nor too ambitious.

November
3, 2007

Jim
Fedako [send him mail], a homeschooling
father of five who lives in Lewis Center, OH, and maintains a blog:
Anti-Positivist.

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