Kiwi Polemicist

November 26, 2008

Who is responsible for uneducated children? (Part 4)

This is the final part of this series.

In his weekly column Garth George says:

And when I attend an assembly and look at the sea of faces of those who are the future of this country, I cry out to God that somehow some way will be found to allow each and every one to fulfil his or her potential.

Garth, here’s a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

1) Accept that life isn’t fair and that some people have less (or more) potential than others.

2) Accept that the education of children is the sole duty of parents.

3) Do away with state education and reduce taxes accordingly so that parents can afford to home school or send their children to private schools. Just as private hospitals are have lower running expenses and higher customer satisfaction levels when compared to public hospitals, so do private schools when compared to public schools.

4) Repeal the laws that make education compulsory. I can hear the gasps of horror as I write: you’re probably thinking that we’ll wind up with a country full of ignorant people. Well, the state education system produces plenty of ignorant people, and history will show that education flourishes even if it isn’t compulsory.

The state has no right to require people to be educated, and when education is a privilege rather than a duty people will value it more.

5) Remove the welfare system that has destroyed the work ethic in our society. The Libertarianz idea for phasing out the welfare system is worthy of consideration.

What ideas can you add to this list?


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5 Comments »

  1. Agree with nearly all you say, true freedom from the state for all but law, order and defence is what Id love to see, but its a pipe dream, even I know that. There is as much likelihood of it happening as there is of aliens announcing their arrival on the news tonight. All we can hope for is moves in the right direction, a la Rodney Hide on Close Up last night, so refreshing.

    Comment by Jared — November 26, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Jared, thanks for your comment. We may never have true freedom from the state, but realising that you are a prisoner is the first step to freedom. It sounds like the Libertarianz would be your cup of tea.

    Comment by kiwipolemicist — November 26, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  3. Yes, the Libertarianz would be a natural fit for my political beliefs, but I had to go with ACT knowing my vote would ‘count’.

    Comment by Jared — November 27, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

  4. Jared: I agree that ACT is the best of the parties that has enough support to get into parliament at this time. Hopefully Rodney won’t get run over by a bus, otherwise ACT will be poked.

    Comment by kiwipolemicist — November 27, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  5. THE SCRIPTURES ARE SAID TO BE THE WORDS OF GOD,WRITTEN BY MEN.
    WE HUMANS ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE BY THE HEARSAY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO STAYED FOR DAYS ON END ON THE TOP OF SOME MOUNTAIN TOP OR SPENT MANY DAYS WANDERING ABOUT A DESERT,WASTELAND OR LIVING IN A CAVE.
    MOST PROPHESIES SEEM TO BE THE RESULT OF SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM SOME FORM OF DELIRIUM.
    SOME CHRISTIANS SEEM TO BECOME INTOXICATED BY THEIR BELIEFS,BUT FAITH IS ONLY HOPE DRESSED UP. FAITH,NOT REASON IS THE ANSWER TO MANY QUESTIONS. ASK ANY RELIGIOUS PERSON A QUESTION AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A QUOTE FROM ONE OF THE SCRIPTURES.THESE SCRIPTURES
    ARE ONLY THE WORDS OF MEN AND AS SUCH CAN CONTAIN
    ALL SORTS OF UNTRUTHS.
    ‘ NO ONE REALLY KNOWS.’ YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT YOU ARE RIGHT, AND THAT OTHERS ARE WRONG.

    EVERYONE INCLUDING THE WRITER CAN ONLY BELIEVE OR HOPE THAT THEY’RE RIGHT. 800 Million years can go by
    yet eternity still has to learn to crawl.

    THE REASON FOR THIS LETTER, IS IN ANSWER TO THE MANY WHO SPEAK AS IF THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED DEATHS RESULTS.

    Comment by R.N.SHAW — December 2, 2008 @ 10:02 pm


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