The only thing more annoying than the right's claims that any new government-run institution or service is socialism is the snarky response from the left that every single government service currently provided is socialism. That's not what socialism. Socialism has to do with the overall economic and social structure of a society. It has very little to do with individual things like schools, roads, or healthcare.
i don't care if the right thinks public education is socialism or not. a kid is not a widget, and developing our national intellectual resources should be a priority.
Thank you, Quazi!
Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,
And while the sun and moon endure/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good.
Just take a cruise through this site to get a taste of how deep the tentacles of the Federal gov reach into education. Each state should decide how they educate their kids, how much to spend on it AND the books they will use to teach them not to mention the teachers they hire and FIRE and if those teachers have to be in the union. The cost of educating our kids could go way down and the quality of their education could go way up if the feds would stay out of the equation.
U.S. Department of Education
At this point, the word "socialism" has little meaning in American politics. It's pretty much used to describe anything the federal government does that benefits someone other than the speaker. Military keeps me safe? Not socialism. Government subsidy of farmers keeps my food cheap? Not socialism. Government road service keeps the interstates going for me to use? Not socialism. Government provides healthcare for someone else? Socialism. Government educates someone else's children? Socialism. Government protects other people from abuses on the job? Socialism. And then the best one: Government provides disaster relief for my state? Not socialism. Government provides disaster relief for a state I don't live in? Socialism.
And it's only ever the federal government. State governments are apparently immune to socialism, merely by virtue of being physically more proximate than Washington DC is.
It's a pretty nonsensical discussion to have in the first place. It also ignores the very simple truth that a truly socialist system would be an improvement over the mess we have right now in almost every way.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.