If you've ever read Atlas shrugged, you may well remember that there is a point in the book in which society begins to fall apart. Trains collide, cities burn, and overall the motor of the world begins to screech to a violent, bloody halt. Innocent people perish because the moochers thought they could count on the cooperation of the producers indefinitely. The producers in Rand's work could re-emerge from the shadows and fix it, but to fix it would only prolong the inevitable since the real fix is for the false ideology of the moochers to collapse into the horrible unthinkable failure that it is. Ive often thought how in that scenario how difficult it would be to sit back and watch the whole thing shudder and twitch in its death throes knowing that innocent people would be hurt. Long term, the collapse is actually the more moral solution, but it seems to me that only a dispassionate robot could watch it implode without a heavy heart. Hold that thought.
As homeschoolers our family exists outside of the system in a lot of ways. A couple years back we got a charming letter from the Department of Education (as appropriately named as the Patriot Act) of our state. They informed us that the school year for them would be shortened to 166 days a year, but we would still be 'required' to teach for 180 days a year. The reason they cited for this was some sort of union negotiation situation, but a few questions asked of the right people revealed the real reason; money. Our state simply couldn't afford to keep the doors open 180 days, so they would teach 166 days and fill in the gap with 'teacher work days' and extended field trips, including a day off for the entire school system when the local high school team became state champions. Despite this cost-cutting measure, the state education system continues to hemorrhage money, and not too long after shortening the year, they began to whittle away at music and drama programs. They laid off teaching assistants, and there are rumours that the school year will be shortened again.
It's taken over 70 years, but the public school system with its humanistic roots is finally starting to topple, but a monstrosity that large takes a while to fall. Think what you will of me, but as this behemoth falls , there are good kids who will be hurt. they will receive an even more sub-standard education than they already have. Screams for more funding will grow shriller and shriller. Having established that they have the right to my money, they will clamor for more and more of it. The cost of education will rise even as the worth of it plummets. There is no other way this can end. The system cannot be mended. The only moral thing to do is to let it collapse.
Without my tax dollars, the system would collapse sooner, and cleaner. But the government school industry enjoys a monopoly on its funding source, and although I can pull my children out of their classrooms, I cannot voluntarily stop funding their classrooms. They will steal from me as much as they can, as long as they can, and the only thing I can think to do to hasten its demise is to encourage people to pull their children out of the system. That is where the battle is, in my estimation. A mass exodus from the dying organism seems to me be our best choice. I think you have a moral obligation to remove your children from the government schools. Your school may be a little better or a little worse, but I assure you that at the higher levels, they all have the same agenda.
This is a moral issue.It's more moral for them to steal our money than it is to steal the hearts and minds and future of our children. So we fight the battle where we can; with our attendance. Without our children, they can shorten the school year as much as they want, and they can cut every program not directly related to their agenda, and the impact on us will be minimal. The collapse is coming, but boy is it going to be slow, and painful and ugly. I cannot save your children, I've done what I can to save mine.