Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
People should stop having 6-8 kids, and start paying their way for each of their
We will not fix the education system, except marginally, unless we stop funding
monopolies and start giving the funds directly to the parents and let them
decide what schools are best. Both Sweden and France have done this with great
success.As long as schools meet basic standards (no teaching that
people rode dinosaurs 6000 years ago), most states are constitutionally
committed to providing education for all so proper funding is guaranteed. And the return on investment of an educated populace is tremendous, so
all these arguments that parents should pay their own way are ridiculous. An
educated adult provides more benefit to society (less initial investment) than
just about any long term investment we can make - and conversely avoids lots of
costs associated with not making that investment (welfare, prison, etc...).
An excellent letter, Mr. Barton.
To "Mike in Sandy" I will make a deal with you. I will gladly give up
free public education if you give up Social Security and Medicare. Afterall,
retirees have had around 40 years to prepare for their retirement, they should
pay their own way if they just want to sit around.
Re: "People should stop having 6-8 kids . . . ."If we did,
liberals would be in big trouble.The steep decline in tax revenues
produced by a declining working population would inevitably crash the liberal
nanny state.Funny how liberals always favor population decline, yet
none ever volunteer to decrease it, and none of their deranged economic policies
could ever be implemented without a growing population to tax.
I am not going to tell another couple how many children they should
have--that's their choice. I do think, however, that we need to do more to
attract and welcome young, single, childless working adults into our
communities. It would help balance the population, and these working adults
would help spread out the educational tax burden in our state.
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