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Post Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:08 pm
Will the enhancements to STEM be at the expense of other subject areas? For example, languages, social sciences, law, business? Because, to be honest, I'm not convinced that education should be about manipulating young minds towards serving the Military Technological Complex.
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Post Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:18 pm
Everyone has a different outlook on what education should be, that's why the best solution to address this difference of opinions is a complete privatization of education, some would say, with education vouchers given by the government to the parents. Education cannot be monolithic, there has to be a variety, and only privatization can make it happen.
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Post Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:22 pm
Well, no surprises that I disagree about privatisation being the best/only means of providing varied education. It'll provide what's profitable or what the provider deems a priority. And what about who it provides for?
I make no apology - education should be a right and not be a commodity.
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Post Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:38 pm
I don't inherently disagree with your ideas, U184, but I believe that, first and foremost, any education system should be about creating citizens, not workers; that is knowledgeable people with useful skills who are aware enough of the world around them to want to participate in our political process and also can keep a check on government and private wrongdoing.
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:52 pm
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I make no apology - education should be a right and not be a commodity.

Maybe. But government doesn't guarantee education. At best, it guarantees schooling.

To get education, we need accountability, sorely missing in the public system.

Two points.

First, you could still have education as a right, without having it provided by government. In the US, government provides food stamps, not food. How about educational vouchers, whereby the right to education is guaranteed, but parents are allowed complete freedom to choose their preferred provider of said education?

Second, it is totally false to suggest that without public financial support, anybody in a western society will not get good education. The amazing book "A Beautiful Tree" shows, through exhaustive research, how some of the poorest people on Earth (residents of Indian slums and sub-saharan African villages) pay for their children's education, often even when a public alternative is available.
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:54 pm
Eran wrote:
How about educational vouchers, whereby the right to education is guaranteed, but parents are allowed complete freedom to choose their preferred provider of said education?


NO WAY, then we cant brainwash students easily into becoming good tax slaves for the state!!!

Although I would vastly prefer a fully privatized education system I think a voucher system would be a good compromise to start with atleast.
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