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Thread: Education Is A Right?

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    Education Is A Right?

    What do you think?

    Is an education (in general, public schooling, grade school, college, etc.) a basic right for Americans or is it a privilege for Americans?


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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    I think a basic education is a right and should remain compulsory. As in elementary school and junior high. Anything after that is a privilege.
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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    It's not a right. But it is a necessity to the health and longevity of the Republic.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    I don't believe people have a lot of rights, but education is one of them. Everyone should get a fair chance to succeed at life.

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    I absolutely think it is a right. Without a good education citizens would be doomed to be ignorant the rest of their lives and be less productive in the cultural advancement of our society.

    I have an idea on this topic that I think would be cheap and effective...

    Concerning higher education (after high school), citizens could use an online resource similar to Wikipedia, but with confirmed factual information. The service would be free and sustained with donations. Citizens can study which ever subject they want. When they feel they have proper knowledge of a topic, they can go to a location to pay a small fee to take a test in a physical location (Department of Education Credits or something) and try to earn "credits" in that subject. Jobs could then list off certain subject requirements to qualify for a job.

    Sure there wouldn't be as much hands on work, but some continued education is better than none at all.

    What I think would be great about this is people could study in their free time and money wouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    A good rule of thumb is that if it is necessary for a modern society to function, than we should make it a right.

    However the details, such as the debate about all public vs charter schools, aren't as important as long as the basics are taken care of.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 03-26-10 at 02:03 PM.

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    It's not a right. But it is a necessity to the health and longevity of the Republic.
    Then why not make it a right?


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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Then why not make it a right?
    Because it's not a right. You can make it a form of social contract, but it's not a right. I suppose you can argue some form of liberty angle, but it would have to be a damned good argument based in Locke or Kant theory to buy into it. Understanding that an educated populace is a necessity to the health and longevity of a democratic Republic doesn't automatically throw education into the "right" wing. It is a responsibility, a duty for sure; but I'm not so sure that at this point I'd go all out and call it a right.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Democracy cannot be considered valid without an informed citizenry. Education is essential for Democracy.
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    Re: Education Is A Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Because it's not a right. You can make it a form of social contract, but it's not a right. I suppose you can argue some form of liberty angle, but it would have to be a damned good argument based in Locke or Kant theory to buy into it. Understanding that an educated populace is a necessity to the health and longevity of a democratic Republic doesn't automatically throw education into the "right" wing. It is a responsibility, a duty for sure; but I'm not so sure that at this point I'd go all out and call it a right.
    So we have the right to bear arms in formation of a militia (which I am not against), but not to arm ourselves with education?


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