Public Education, Welfare, And

Why shouldn’t the government give money to people who want to send their kids to any school they want to – even if it is a religious school? They give money to any person who does not want to work. If you are concerned about “separation of church and state,” this could be solved by the government giving a standard amount of money to anybody who asks to send their child(ren) to school wherever they want. Then the government is not advocating any particular religion or school for that matter (private or public). That seems fair. Interestingly, people don’t worry about “separation of church and state” when it comes to handing out welfare – because literally, anybody who does not want to work can get it. The State won’t give money to a school that is “religious,” but it will give money to people whose families have not worked for decades. Education funding is really a lot like welfare funding. Anybody who wants their kid to go to school can get the money to do so. Even if you don’t work or pay taxes! After all, it is really the people who work who pay for everybody’s education.
This is not discriminatory to any group of people. It is actually fair. People of low income or poverty level have the same option as middle class and other people. After all, if we are going to give the poor, or low income (SES) people, money to pay their rent, buy food, and get healthcare, why should we not give them the opportunities to an education that many other Americans enjoy? I have worked in education for 20 years, and I could not count the number of teachers who send their children to private schools. Why does this not trouble the general public? And let’s not forget politicians. From Barack Obama (even when he was a Senator), all the way down to the local level, politicians usually send their children to private schools. It seems that nobody considers that these are the same people who make the laws about our children’s education. As someone who works in public education, it is difficult for me to ask, but if public education is so great, why don’t they send their kids there? It is like the salesman who does not use the product he is selling. The “product” a private school offers must be better than the “product” public education offers.

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