It is a basic American right.
It is a privilege.
Last edited by tacomancer; 03-26-10 at 05:05 PM.
I'll give you my reasoning:
Its human nature to learn, as well as to teach. If we make education a special privilege, then it teaches kids that you have to earn EVERYTHING in life. I agree that we should earn most things, but some things we should be born with, like the right to education in a structured society. If we lived in a third world country, I would agree with you more.
Last edited by Cilogy; 03-26-10 at 05:31 PM.
I think it's a responsibility of the state to provide education and basic socialization to children. I think it's the responsibility of the state to provide elementary, high school, a vocational skill, and an academic education. People should be forced to learn an elementary and high school education but not a vocational skill nor an academic education. So every person should have the opportunity to learn a vocational skill or academic education so they can have the skills necessary to earn their own living and be less of a burden on the welfare system.
In our society, even if you forgo the necessity of education to Republic, education is necessary. We're not an industrial country anymore, meaning we don't produce products or manufacture as much. We're well more a high tech economy and in order to participate then in the market, you're going to need the education required to do that. Rights are things which are universal, so I'm not 100% sold on the right. However, social contract seems to fit much better. In that we've constructed a government and an economy which relies heavily on an educated populace. As such, we can reasonably argue that we need to provide at least some base level of education which is open to everyone so that they can participate and thrive in our society. Social contracts are not universal, and thus can be different from culture to culture.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
It's not a right, it's a privilege. It is, at least for primary education, a requirement and is provided, relatively free of charge, for all children of the appropriate age. Once you get to college age though, you're on your own.
So from your standpoint, from birth, not everyone should have the right?
Mind you, I agree that college level education is a privilege, and should remain so. But primary?
Last edited by Cilogy; 03-26-10 at 05:45 PM.
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