By Chris Rossini
Every individual is endowed with his or her own unique set of interests, desires, and talents. No two individuals are the same. That's the setup.
In comes government, which then forces the worst possible scenario onto a world filled with unique individuals.
Government monopolizes what it likes to call "education," creates one-size-fits-all "curriculums," forces children to attend its "schools," finances them with stolen money, and then convinces (enough) people into believing that this is the way it's supposed to be.
What a gargantuan mistake.
Government's coercive education system is the worst possible idea for a world filled with unique individuals. One does not have to look far to imagine an alternative. We just have to look at what's left of the free market.
For example, go to a Nike store and there are hundreds of different options to choose from. Different sizes, and colors, and styles. Nike is doing its best to cater to a world of unique individuals. It finances it's operations morally and legitimately. And most importantly, it cannot force anyone to buy anything.
Everyone has the option of going down the block to Reebok, or Adidas, or Under Armour. Each of those outlets have their own cornucopia of products designed to fit individual needs as well. The voluntary marketplace is an amazing fit (no pun intended) for the lives of unique individuals. People with unique tastes picking and choosing what satisfies them in the greatest way.
Sadly, when it comes to something as monumental as an individual's education, we must suffer under government's monopoly. Let's look at the latest news coming from New York.
The New York Times tells us:
To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City’s fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students.
Computer science for all students?
Such an idea places unique individuals into some kind of artificial mold. It's like trying to force a round peg through a square hole. Remember, individuals buying and selling in the voluntary marketplace don't have such toxic powers.
Why computer science? It's such an arbitrary decision. Why must a young genius painter, or sculptor be subject to a bureaucratic whim? Is that young individual's time worth nothing? Why must a future dentist sit through a computer science class that he has zero interest in? Because Bill de Blasio said so?
Such is the way that bureaucrats think, and then they pat themselves on the back for it. In reality, the whole idea is overflowing with waste. Government education runs counter to the uniqueness of individuals.
As the world continues to become more and more interconnected, and as technology continues to advance, let us hope that it washes away this gargantuan mistake. So much potential, so much time, so much money, and so much happiness go up in smoke because of the monster called "Government Education."