View Poll Results: How would you categorize education?

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  • It is a basic American right.

    17 38.64%
  • It is a privilege.

    19 43.18%
  • Other

    8 18.18%
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Thread: Education Is A Right?

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    So we have the right to bear arms....
    ...period.

    The "right" involved in education is equal protection.

    If the state gives it to you - that is, you only have it because the state gives it to you - then it is a privilege.

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    I think education is a right and an opportunity. It is your right to learn, but whether you learn anything or not is up to you. Better educated people lead to a better workforce and stronger economy. Education is a privilege I think many kids take for granted. Regardless, we have a right to learn and be educated, to go further I think it's almost a duty that we be educated.

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    I voted yes because not only is education essential to all individuals in our society, It's also what makes us become more competitive globally.

    Also saying that it's only a right from K-12 is being a bit unfair to those who can't really afford to get 2/4 years of college education because financial aid isn't something that is going to be given out to everyone. Like Public Education refering to K-12, there should be a few universities in some districts that are publicly funded to give those who can't afford to pay a fair shot at getting at least 2/4 years of college to pursue their careers.
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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I disagree SD. Education, in the U.S. at this point, in regards to schools is a privledge that the government chooses to provide and theoritically could, at any time, stop providing it if it so wished. So long as it does provide it though, due to other laws, it must administer it universally.

    However, even if laws changed and public education ceased to be offered by the government, the right to education would still be present because people could still strive to individually learn new information.

    Public Education in the United States is a federally mandated/funded privledge, not a right.
    This is an argument over semantics. What you are calling a privilege, is from a civics perspective a right of citizenship. Different nations have different rights of citizenship. In the United States, one of the rights that we have under social contract is the right to a public education. The government cannot simply choose to quit providing for public schools, the actual laws that require the government to do so would have to change.
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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    The government cannot simply choose to quit providing for public schools, the actual laws that require the government to do so would have to change.
    In that, education is an entitlement, and in that, it is necessarily a provilege,

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Providing education to a child is a duty of the parent.
    That is where I stand.

    I would give everything I have to completely abolish both Federal and State involvement in childhood education.
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    fyi Re: Education Is A Right?

    You have a right to educate yourself.

    You have a right to seek and/or purchase an education.

    You DO NOT have a right to force others to provide an education.

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