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  • 1. Private or Public School?
  • 2.
    • How did the government get so involved in education to begin with?
    • It wasn't always this way. The United States was founded, formed, and grew to international prominence and prestige without compulsory schooling and with virtually no government involvement...  
  • 3.
    • Why shouldn't the government be involved in education?
    • The Short answer: Government schooling stands in direct opposition to the liberty this country was founded on. It fosters unquestioning obedience, acceptance of authority, herd mentality, and dependency...   
  • 4.
    • Doesn't the government have a direct interest in an educated populace?
    • Yes, the government does have a direct interest in an educated populace — one that is educated just enough and in ways that will perpetuate the goals and existence of the government...  
  • 5.
    • Can't we just reform public schools? I know a lot of good teachers.  
    • Let's start with the teachers, then we'll address reform. There are lots of great teachers out there, all too many of them trapped in a system that prevents them from fulfilling their potential and their dreams. They're bogged down...  
  • 6.
    • How would people pay for private schooling? What about vouchers?  
    • Here are some of the ways people would pay: Most people are more able to pay for education than they think. Parents would set priorities and plan for schooling just as they do for a home or a car...  
  • 7.
    • What about the poor? What about irresponsible parents?
    • Before we venture into this very important question, consider this: government schools already fail the poor in some of the most spectacular ways — illiteracy, dangerous schools, the worst teachers, low expectations, and...  
  • 8.
    • What about special needs students? As with the question about the poor, we must consider that a large portion of special education students are being badly served in public schools... Many special education students don't belong in the classes they've been assigned to...  
  • 9.
    • What about tolerance and diversity?
    • The ultimate irony may be that today's educators cry tolerance and diversity when public schools were originally instituted to wipe these things out, to make one homogenous, think-alike (even if they couldn't make them look alike) herd of citizens. School founders objected to...  
  • 10.
    • Who will keep the private schools accountable?
    • Parents. When parents pay for the schooling, they have a direct stake in the results. If they aren't getting their money's worth, they can take their kids out and choose from the many other options available — another school, home schooling, a mix, tutors...  
  • 11.
    • Attendance?
    • Private School?
    • School Choice?
    • Cyber School?
    • Charter Schools?
    • Home school?