2 thoughts on “The case for bona fide profit-making schools”

  1. Posted 24/02/2012 at 14:34 | Permalink

    The real problem with the UK’s state education system, as with the UK’s state health system, is that far too many outcomes are extremely poor, have been so for many years, show little signs of improving, and are politically very very difficult to reform. It is, frankly, disgraceful that around 20 per cent of all students emerge from more than ten years in the state education system virtually illiterate and innumerate. If it hadn’t become such a joke word, I would even call it ‘unacceptable’. All changes are likely to have some risks, so the approach I would favour is far more ‘trial and error’. Allow profit-seeking providers of schooling, of course; but encourage many other approaches too. We have to give schools and teachers an incentive to adopt better methods — and to get rid of methods which aren’t working adequately. Just as the government is talking about ways to encourage people to change their banks easily and cheaply, so parents and guardians should be ‘encouraged’ to change their childrens schools if they think that desirable (or, at least, not hindered from doing so). As part of this overall approach, why not also incentivise (financially) prisons to get their inmates to read and write?

  2. Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:15 | Permalink

    It is immoral to force people to pay for the education of other people’s children. If the government stopped doing so, then the non-profit and for-profit sectors would compete and provide quality education for all.

    The government should start by giving tax reductions to those who don’t use state schools. The next step is means-testing access to state schools, and slowly reducing the threshold. The third step, some time later, is to stop government funds being used for this immoral forcible redistribution and instead encourage charity by giving tax reductions to those who give to non-profit education. There. Problem solved.

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