Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom believes that- contrary to popular opinion- public schools exacerbate social tension because most things the government does pins people against each other.
The government makes decisions that are imposed upon people, whether they like it or not, or would choose it for themselves. This creates social tension because some people have to pay taxes that pay for other people, and some people benefit from the breach of values of another. In a nutshell- government actions are not voluntary.
One big that public school causes social tension is when moral values are at stake, especially during the holidays. McCluskey tells of a recent event in Wausau, Wisconsin where one choir teacher had to abandon his choir group because the administration said the songs were “too religious”. The district administration told him that he had to meet their arbitrary ratio of performing five “secular” songs for every one “religious” song. The choir teacher chose to abandon the project altogether because the entire group lost its meaning.
Public education imposes a “one-size-fits-all” and attempts to satisfy everyone’s preferences and moral values, but it’s just not possible. And in turn, it creates social tensions that could be dissolved with the freedom to congregate in mutual self-interest.
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