Monday, June 27, 2005

Public education is killing America

Some have questioned the motives of the fundamentalist right wingers involved in the voucher/public school debates. Generally, I don't attribute bad motives to them. I think people of good will have vastly divergent ideas about how to improve education. Many think that the free market will make education stronger. I, of course, happen to disagree.

But every once in a while you come across something so egregious that it needs to be acknowledged so that people realize there are some with very bad motives, indeed. So, my friends, especially those of you who don't think there's at least an active core of radical anti-educationists out there, witness Texas state Representative Debbie Riddle, who, in 2003, said the following:

Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight from the pit of hell.

And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender heart. It's ripping the heart out of this country.

There you have it folks. You -- and those money grubbing, free loading, mooching good-for-nothing kids of yours -- are draining this country of its life. You're ripping the heart out of this country. You don't deserve free education. You should pay for it. And if you can't afford it, too bad. Work harder. Oh yeah, and God bless America.

Get it straight, folks, if you support public education, you're a commie. And don't forget it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I fundamentally agree with the comment, but from a pure definition standpoint isn't Public Education just the nice, touchy-feely way of saying Socialised Education?

That is what she is getting at - the Socialisation of America...what I'm curious about is how come we don't come out fighting for corporate sponsorship/donations/bonds for education the way we do for taxpayer funds? It seems as beneficial (if not more) to the public/private sector to seek funding for education that way and less of a tax burden on the average citizen.

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