by Robert Maynard
When it comes to assuming that they know what’s best for our children, the arrogance of the political class running our government knows no bound. As Rob Roper pointed out in an article posted on this site yesterday, they even go so far as to presume that “our kids don’t really belong to us”:
MSNBC recently ran a highly controversial promo in which Melissa Harris-Perry, one of their show hosts, floated the idea that our kids don’t really belong to us, but rather to the community at large. “… [W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities,” she said.
This shocked and angered a lot of people, and rightly so. But Vermonters might be more shocked to know that this very idea is being debated in Montpelier today, and Ms. Harris-Perry has a lot of allies for her position in our legislature.
It would be one thing if this arrogance was tempered by a competence that at least partially justified it. The problem is that government controlled schools have no record of demonstrating such competence. Some proponents of school choice argue that private schools should be allowed to compete with public schools on an equal playing field. The idea is to put control over the child’s education in the hands of the parents. The opponents of school choice and parental empowerment argue that allowing parents such choice would hurt the public school system to the detriment of the poor. Once again our political class is lagging behind a trend that is starting to catch on in the developing world. True North has already posted an article on how Vermont is missing out on the “aid to enterprise” trend when it comes to curing poverty. It turns out that the same network, which created the project called “Povertycure: From Aid to Enterprise,” is exploring how private schools are serving the needs to the poorest of the poor in the developing world and doing better job of it than the “free” government run schools. Check out what they have discovered:
When are our political leaders in Montpelier going to get with the program?