"Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them?
Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?"
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Isabel Paterson
(1886-1961) Canadian-American journalist, author, political philosopher, literary critic
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Yes I think somebody would willingly not educate their children. In fact it is documented. In fact that is why truant officers came into existence. Now people as we know can choose church, private or home schooling. But educate they must only because it is the law. Where did these ignorant quotes come from today, editor?.
 -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waff, the quotes are fine, it's your replies that are beyond ignorant.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Public Indoctrination is FORCED on people to ensure their future compliance to a system so corrupt it needs to be torn down and reinvented...again.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Waffler, why don't you admit that you are a communist-socialist. You believe we are the social insects.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Unions for government employees are a scam and an absolute conflict of interest as the government is not a for-profit business. Three of five top donors to Obama's campaign were public service employee unions (and of course Goldman Sachs was #1). That means that the government pays its employees, the employees pay the unions to keep their jobs (and even just to get the job), and the unions pay the Democrats to keep the racket going. More money for 'education,' means more money for the Democrats. There is no incentive to make government education more efficient as it has to be in the private sector. As a home-schooling parent, I pay musicians to teach my children music, and we pay online teachers to coach our children through subjects like literature and history. I prefer to pay the teachers directly -- why should they have to give a percentage to someone else? The other thing I like about homeschooling is that I have a relationship with my children that I never had with my parents.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The ignorance is with you Waffler, because the quote actually refers to government run school systems and whether or not parents would entrust their children to having them educated in the public school system -- and not whether or not they would choose to having their children "educated."
     -- Mary, Michigan     
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    No one has to choose the public school. The only compulsion in most states is that children be educated. Mary, I did not read the word government in the quote. Could it be you are some how preconditioned or programmed to read words that are not there? Now know of some religious who feel compelled, and go along even though they do not always like it, to send their kids to a church school.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    I lived in a State (for about a year) where home-school parents had to be certified the same as theocratic seminary (government schools) propagators and the curriculum had to be identical. I couldn't even teach my children from the bible during school hours in my own home. If a parent veered from the set teachings it fell under child abuse. It didn't matter that my home-schooled children were so far ahead of the dumbed down students of the theocratic seminaries that college was commenced at age 14. I was turned into the State by a neighbor theocratic seminary teacher. Shortly after leaving that State I had a child competing in sports at an Olympic level. I would not be willing to entrust my children to theocratic seminaries, even under threat and duress.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    State education should provide a high but minimum standard of education for all children who are not the sons and daughters of people wealthy enough to privately educate them or are in the position to home school them. Education and the protection of children is a national concern as all mothers and fathers are not responsible parents - sadly they are often irresponsible and abusive. Good state education where there is adequate funding and leadership is often the salvation of children who are the ones at risk of extortion and exploitation - not the parents.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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    The very reason, education should be returned to the Parents, and states hands. To assure a Proper reset of substance and content. Form to finish, all inclusive of our philosophical foundation and principles of virtue and value well measured. Secular minded socialism currently embraced by the educational system must be removed and replaced. Common sense in defense of our Republican form of government.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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