Education is considered as a birth right by much of the public. It should be obvious that there can be no such free gifts. Positive “rights” do not exist, as their existence would mean an infringement of the rights of others-specifically, their property rights. No man should be legally obliged to provide others with this particular good or the other. Education doesn’t grow simply in the nature. It is not absorbed from the atmosphere. It is a service and it ought to be provided by some, if others are to receive it as a gift.
No man should have the right to say that others should provide him with education or the means to it. No one says that everyone on earth should be provided with food and shelter. No one asks won’t people would walk naked if the government is not to provide them clothes. Yet, no one opposes public funded education. There is nothing unique about education that would make it a birth right. If so, why is it that such a notion is widespread? It is because the state has emitted propaganda which would make it get a hold on children from the beginning of their lives. If they are taught right from their childhood that the state is omnipotent and omniscient, it would be hard to take that notion away from them. They would cling to it. If anyone later tells him that is not the case, they would act as if just a button has been pressed and they have suddenly turned helpless and neurotic.
Public funded education is just a fraud perpetrated by the state and its parasites to control the minds of its citizens. Remarque was right when he said the First World War was created by the tricks of schoolmasters. Bonheoffer was just being honest when he said the Second World War was the inevitable product of good schooling. Ludwig Von Mises wasn’t amusing himself when he said “A healthy illiterate is always better than a crippled literate.”He most certainly meant it.
Education is largely controlled by the state in most part of the world. Even in private institutes, the syllabus is decided by the government. Currently, what is taught in schools and colleges as social sciences is mostly government propaganda. Competent teachers in the humanities either have to go without jobs or teach at lower rung institutions. If education was taken from the clutches of the government, the schools would compete in deciding their curriculum and finally reach closer to the pursuit of truth.
It is a wide spread myth is that due to government funded education, children who would have no chance of getting an education otherwise gets a chance-that they get a fair start in life. Nothing could be farther from the truth. On a free market, where there is no taxation, regulations, unemployment and inflation-where there is free trade and high capital investment, few would be incapable of providing their children with education. Those few can rely on voluntary charity, scholarships and other means of funding their education. Even in the hampered market that we have, there is overwhelming evidence that private unrecognized schools teaching slum children are many times as better as public schools. What the proponents of public education forget is that the money spent on public education is taken from the tax payer and taxation hampers production and reduces the incentives to produce. It reduces wages in the long run and hence makes private education out of reach of most parents who otherwise would have been able to pay for private education.
One of the most fallacious arguments in favor of public funded education is that all children should given ‘equal opportunity’. Left liberals have given their own twists to Adam Smith’s views on the subject. Some of the modern economists of now, and the previous century, including Milton Friedman are of the same opinion, which brings into contradiction all of their views. Even Bentham believed children are to be given a firm foundation in Utilitarianism. Opportunities are floating around us all the time. Are they to be thrown into ones lap or to be seized?