Posted Dec 30, 2012 19:04 UTC (Sun) by gerv
In reply to: Neutral values
Parent article: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
But mainly because the efforts can be pooled very effectively to teach more children. If one of the parents is a very good teacher, they should become a teacher and benefit others.
That would be fine - except, at least in my country, the government takes money from you and pays for the schools it wants, not the schools you want. If a group of similarly-minded teachers want to set up a school, and a group of parents want to send their children, you can do it - but you pay for their education twice, once in taxes and again in school fees. Which makes it an option only for the better-off.
They have recently started a "free schools" initiative which was supposed to be free of curriculum-based meddling and imposition of values, so the above school could get some of that tax money back to fund itself, but sadly turned out not to be. :-|
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