Why Are You Ranking: Best Solutions to the Education Crisis in America Listed from Smart to Genius
Capitalism would revolutionize everything, especially education.
Back to the meat grinder, the children of America trudge to these government schools. They're tasked with not why or how they should think but what they should feel. Whole curricula are dedicated to emotionalism and not critical thinking skills. Though their name bears Progressive, the actual regressiveness involved is in the true nature of this collection of people. For over a century, regressives have been trying to warp the minds of the young people of the most moral nation in history, America. This approach to education has lead to the United States sliding down the lists of tests regarding mathematics, reading and comprehension, and science amongst a whole host of other subjects. As bureaucrats rush to say that “education is the key” and that we “need more education” and to “pay our teachers more,” they would be right. But the means by which they seek to execute these platitudes is to implement more government in schools, not less. The twisted irony here is that with the government education model in place, things have only gotten worse. Children have no clue how to conceptualize or formulate complete ideas. Teachers who just see their work as another paycheck show malaise as their salaries are determined by government bureaucrats, not free market performance. To add to this disaster would be like spraying napalm on an already roaring fire. There exist solutions to this problem and they involve government. Yes, in a free market, the government would be able to protect schoolchildren from threats at home, from abroad, and to settle their differences in court if they find themselves in a legal bind. So get your styluses and digital tablets for Why Are You Ranking: Best Solutions to the Education Crisis in America Listed from Smart to Genius
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6. The privatized model is the only viable way that schools should function
Private institutions usually conjure up in the mind stuffy parochial schools replete with blazers and ties and skirts. This image has to change. Every school in America ought to be privatized on moral grounds. The image should be of children in blue jeans and t-shirts hurrying to get to the next class. Along with the dress code, the high expenses usually accompany the thought of private schools. To counter this idea, the notion of having schools be run like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, or Alphabet (FANA) ought to be on the table. Some schools could have a relatively cheap “subscriber” fee like Amazon and Netflix. Or maybe, under this new set of rules, schools could be tuition free and feature advertisements to monetize such institutions in the way of Facebook and Alphabet. The teachers would be ecstatic as their salaries would match the best engineers at these tech companies, based on how well they teach. This business model would free up the way that children are taught and allow for the educators to enjoy greater pay and benefits in the process. Private schools would allow for all races, religions, and other backgrounds to start their own schools. Streets would be lined with Muslim schools, white schools, protestant schools, amid a complete list of other options. In a fully free market, discrimination would be able to bar certain students from attending a certain school based on private property rights. But that wouldn’t be a problem. When men, women, and children are left free, the ability to admit to the rational schools whomever had the brains to attend that house of learning, they would get to go there.
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5. Business and finance classes would be taught at the elementary school level on up to high school
It is so difficult for people to see that for the most part, Wall Street and bankers and other financiers are not the problem. Government is. It is such a problem because of the way that children perceive the market. They think that some magic spell is placed on financial sectors like some Harry Potter black magic. In reality, schools that would allow for business and finance classes as early as elementary school would revolutionize the image of the financier. This is in no way supposed to entail tepid lessons on how to open up a checking account or how to best use savings. While these are essential and important and a good foundation, they lack the enthusiasm and engagement that could be had when you teach a youngster that he or she could be a stock market wizard. The fun and excitement that would show on a child’s face as they light up listening to how to invest their money rationally and to understand that price, trend, and logic are the cornerstones of an education about the market would be endearing. This is not “the play a movie or a fill out some meaningless worksheets to pass the time kind” of education, either. It’s an intensive and extensive set of actions to be carried out by passionate, life loving teachers that should be enamored at the fact that they could help in the guidance of a young person’s way into the fiscal world. The way to do this is to first educate the teachers on how best to implement the teachings of such economic giants as Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman for the middle and high schoolers. Additionally, the teachings of writer and philosopher Ayn Rand ought to provide a sense of profound clarity and understanding that children in those grades may relish.
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4. The collectivist/altruist redistribution of school supplies would stop under capitalism
In schools around the country, the way to divvy up goods that parents bought is to spread them all onto a schoolroom floor and redistribute them to less fortunate children. So that special hockey themed digital folder that a child may love can be given to a child that that child despises. This is the breeding ground of envy and hatred within children. In a private setting, none of this would occur. Each student would come equipped to school. If there ever existed a child that could not pay for supplies (in a fully free, laissez-faire society, there would be a dearth of these cases) there would be private charity to step onto the scene. But the point is that collectivism and altruism would die under capitalist schools. There would be no need to force students to give up their goods to satisfy another student just because he or she needs. All of the supplies and other school materials would be provided by parents and guardians who would have decent places of work as capitalism would offer more labor sites than there would be people. They would be able to afford the digital folders and books that would be in a future world setting. The altruism and collectivism involved in the school systems of today would crumble and fall under the might of capitalism. The students would all be able to share voluntarily, as well. Instead of forced giving between them, they would be encouraged and delighted to offer their blue stylus for a red one. This would engender in a child the way that the world ought to work.
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3. The middle class would be the conduit through which a free-market education would be facilitated
Instead of stuffy Roman Catholic or Irish Catholic schools being the mainstay, schools fortified by the funds of middle class parents would spring up throughout the land. The middle class would prove to be the basis for all education. Rich children and middle class and even poor children (though there would be few) would be able to walk hand in hand to school. Because there would be no taxation and therefore the schools would be open to the market, each child would be afforded a quality education. The middle class would invest in and develop new ways for children to learn. The vast majority of students would be emboldened with a new sense that they are capable of learning and can be unburdened by statist methods being forced down their throats. Instead, they would be able to think (finally) and conceptualize their goals for living life in eudaemonia. This flourishing effect would cover wealthy, middle class, and poor alike. Every student would be allowed the ability to rise up from whatever background which they originated and excel in their studies. The middle class would provide teachers with the necessary funding that it would take to see their child all the way to college. Schools like Montessori, a result of the middle class, have delivered on the promise of permitting a child’s mind to grow and blossom. Under capitalism, there would be no shortage of these schools amongst all economic classes.
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2. “Affirmative action” would die under capitalism
The notion of saying that just because someone possesses a higher concentration of melanin, that grants them the “right” to an education above someone with superior skills is barbaric. “Affirmative action” would never survive under a capitalistic system. Underlying the sense that a person’s worth should be counted based on accidents at birth or anything other than their own ability to think and do is the viciousness that pervades current campuses. They say that “such students didn’t have a chance.” Is this true? Should the same child who went to the same school and got lower grades compared to the other child who achieved higher scores be punished for not holding the “right” complexion? The system of saying that a child of lesser ability should be admitted to an institution of higher learning based on nonessential attributes is a crime against the mind. Students ought to be considered on their scholastic ability, their knowledge, and their prowess in the classroom. Anti-concepts like “affirmative action” only produce mediocre talent and a false sense psychologically for those who “get by” on the fact that they didn’t really achieve what their counterpart lacking melanin, say, did. That person who doesn’t get the position in the school or beyond in the labor force would sense some sort of psychological dissonance as well. They knew that they were better than this person in terms of ability, yet they were overlooked because they were born to the "wrong" race, class, or other nonessential. The only way to defeat this is laissez-faire capitalism. With a system so beautiful and based on justice, no thought would be given to racial quotas of the like to colleges and universities. Only the best would contend against the best and that would allow prosperity to take root and grow.
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1. Teaching how to think would be of prime importance
Only humans, amongst other species, can destroy themselves either spiritually or physically. In the case of education, it has been both. The reason why there are so many school shootings on government property is because of the rebellion against reason, against values. Troubled children lack the ability to process information and understand key components of the school system and therefore never advance from the primitive stages of a brute. In a private school scenario of the future, there wouldn’t be any shootings or other acts of the initiation of physical coercion on campus, just as there are no private school school shootings of today in America. The difference is critical thinking. As Dr. Leonard Peikoff eloquently put it, it’s about “teaching Johnny to think” (emphasis mine). When faced with a given challenge, a student has two options: face it down or run away from it in their mind. The lesson plans that teachers devise ought to include room to show how that student doesn’t have to run and hide from a problem but face it head on without fear. This rejection of the regressive mode of education extends itself from preschool to graduate school. Instead of encouraging, fostering, and espousing the evils of collectivism and altruism, children ought to be taught reason, egoism, and capitalism. This ought to mean that students should consider themselves worthy of receiving a stellar education and be prepared not to just be a “productive member of society” but a happy, life-loving individual. Only selfishness and the understanding of how to treat others with respect can propel a student to greatness.