I agree strongly with the sentiments in the following video. Sheldon Richman argues powerfully for state-free education.
My two cents: Only parents can be responsible for the education of their children. No other person, not me, not a state authority, not even a school teacher or administrator, can feel anything close to the responsibility the children’s own parents feel. In cases where the parents are negligent, the answer is not to try and substitute parenthood with something else like public education, but to bring in a new set of parents.
A free market, unfettered by government regulation and meddling politicians, would allow our society to experiment and find the best education solutions for our children. The solution will look something like the mess we have for how we get our food, our shelter, our clothing, and everything else we rely on day-to-day. If we simply allow interested parties (the parents) to participate selfishly, securing for their child the education they think they need, then competing interests will align.
A for-profit school has been taboo in our culture. Why? I cannot tell. If a school or education system provides benefits, then those who receive those benefits are willing to pay. If the cost of producing those benefits are less than the revenues received, then we should encourage the production of that education good or service. In other words, not only should we allow people to profit from education, but we should encourage it, and discourage any education system which cannot maintain itself simply by tuition or other sales of its education products.
This would mean most universities and colleges would collapse, along with almost all of the primary and secondary schools across the country. Why? Because parents would never be willing to pay full price for these services, because these services are simply not valuable enough.
More importantly, we should rebuild in our culture the idea and practice that fathers bear the primary responsibility of managing the child’s education. That education should occur principally in the home. I believe we should elevate that to the highest ideal, and then we would see fathers spend more time at home and take jobs that allow them to spend more time at home. Mothers. of course, also play a significant role in education, and should also spend as much time as possible with their children, especially when they are very young. We should stop finding ways to separate families and replace the missing parents with the state.