As you’ve probably read,
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murdererbad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.
I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good. (Yes, rich people might cluster. But rich people will always find a way to game the system: That shouldn’t be an argument against an all-in approach to public education any more than it is a case against single-payer health care.)
A lot of people are up in arms over Alison Benedikt’s piece at Slate declaring those who send their kids to private schools “bad people.” Frankly, I don’t see what the problem is. She raises a good point! We should sacrifice ourselves and our families as much as possible to build up the glory of state-run enterprises. Allow me to make a modest proposal: If you live in a city with a public transit system and you use private companies like Yellow Cabs or Uber to get around town, you’re a bad person.
Not bad like rapist bad. But bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-yourself bad. So, you know, pretty bad.
I’m not a transportation policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every person who had to get around a city took everyone of their trips on public transit, public transit would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. You might be frequently late to work and miss flights in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.