It is a basic American right.
It is a privilege.
Perhaps this is merely a semantics thing. Wherein we mean the same thing, but we're calling it two different things.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Specifically, the discussion on what is a "right" and what are "rights" as applicable to US citizens is a topic complex enough as it is. When you add on the question of whether education is a "right" it only adds to the confusion.
Don't get me wrong, its an interesting discussion but from my experience the terms used are too loose and vague to get any discussion of use from the likes of DP members.
My suggestion was to simplify the question to something like: what level of education should be paid for by the state/nation, if any?
And seperately: how can such funding or lack thereof be legally justified?
This avoids the sticky issue of "rights".
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I'm not sure if you read one of my previous posts, but I would agree with that. In third world countries and such, its probably not necessary, so the right should probably not be given out so liberally worldwide.I think that it will really depend on society. In maybe less modernized countries it may be very easy to keep a government or have a good job and prosper without education. In that case, not being educated has little impact on life, liberty, or property. As such, I don't see education as a universal at this point, and is why I'm more likely to lean towards the social contract definition.
What I said was in America only though. I mean, IMHO we are the nation that is closest to the ideal of "true freedom."
Education can not be a right, as it is not something that you can give to someone. The opportunity for an education should be a right that applies to anyone, of any age. An educated population is necessary for the nation to remain competitive in the world, so we need to encourage it.
But we can't give it to anyone, no matter how much we'd like to. It must be earned.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?