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World Magazine Blog: Good for India, good for America
You remember Marvin Olasky, one of the big honchos behind compassionate conservatism? Well, neither did George W. Bush, who upon reaching office handed the reigns of power to others not so interested in working across the aisle.
Well, his magazine has a blog now (thanks to batesline for the head's up!) and it looks to be another home for the liberal bashing we have all come to love. If the comments keep along the same lines they do now we are going to see yet another webblog filled with liberal haters wth nothing to say. Here's a sample from the comments:
Worldview is an inadequate perspective on the conclusions of many who occupy the "liberal left". These folks don't just have a different view of what is right for America the actually want to destroy the country.
Well, I've been found out. I want to destroy the country. (wrings hands) And step one of my plan is better pay for teachers and supporting the great public school system. It won't be long now...
But seriously, one of the most serious mistakes is to assume that whatever political agenda you are pursuing here at home should apply everywhere. Hence, private schools mean better education for kids in India. Do we know this? Does it matter? Not if you are trying to get the United States government to transfer money out of public schools and into private religious education. Private schools work best only when a good public alternative is also viable. In places like Pakistan the private schools are religiously funded and part of their education program is America Hating 101. The public system is in shambles and poor children are forced to go to these religious training camps in order to get the basics in education. Do we really want to support a similer system in India for the sake of pushing a domestic agenda of privitized schools? Ironically, a strong secular public school system in Pakistan would go far to stem the rising tide of religious extremism.
Do I think private schools are good. In some cases yes, in other cases no. The problem is quality control. For those that can afford it, you get a good education, for those that can't, you get worse education than under a public system. Right now, it only makes sense to have a good public school system while still allowing people to pay for something extra if they want it. It does not make sense to drain resources from that public system to fund those people that opt out, which is the by-product of voucher programs.
But that's just one man's opinion of how to destroy this country. My next step is engaging in various debates and arguing my view on the merits rather than just simply tarring my opponents with labels.
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