Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Pa 1834 Education Act vs Obamacare

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 24, 2013

William Sesler once again has the pulpit in the 24 Nov Erie Times News Editorial slot. He compares the controversies surrounding Obamacare to those surrounding the PA 1834 Education Act.

Mr. Seslers’s point is that public education is such a great success and, of course, Obamacare will be also. There are some potential comparisons missing from the editorial.

Did the 1834 Education Act comprise 2400 pages with a (typical of today) fully optioned length of 10 times the original?

Did the PA legislature bother to read the Act? Did they have to “pass it to find out what is in it”?

Did the Governor guarantee that we could keep our existing schools and teachers? Was there the PA equivalent of the Federal Register that stated two years previous to passage that 50% of the population would not? Did the Governor repeatedly lie to the public on this issue?

Did the 1834 PA legislature predict zero net cost while leading industries of the day immediately predicted costs to them in the tens of millions? Did public sector analysts predict, post passage, that the 1834 cost to taxpayers to be up to 2 trillion in 2013 dollars?

Was the 1834 Act in this much of a mess when it was barely started?

Patients from countries with nationalized health systems come to the US for health issues if they can. Our K-12 public education system does not have that reputation, for a variety of reasons mostly having to do with government mandates and societal interference.

I wonder where the world’s sick will be going for quality healthcare after 179 years (or months) of Obamacare?

Let us hope Obamacare will provide us with doctors that can read within a couple of years of grade level.


One Response to “Pa 1834 Education Act vs Obamacare”

  1. We will see in detail below that this despotic Prussian system formed an inspiring model for the leading professional educationists in the United States, who ruled the public school systems here and were largely responsible for its extension. For example, Calvin E. Stowe, one of the prominent American educators of the day, wrote a report on the Prussian system and praised it as worthy of imitation here. [18] Stowe lauded Prussia; although under the absolute monarchy of Frederick William III, it was the “best-educated” country in the world. Not only were there public schools in the elementary and higher grades, for pre-university and pre-business students, but also 1,700 teachers’ seminaries for the training of future state teachers. Furthermore, there were stringent laws obliging parents to send their children to the schools. Children had to attend the schools between the ages of seven and fourteen, and no excuses were permitted except physical inability or absolute idiocy. Parents of truants were warned, and finally punished by fines, or by civil disabilities, and as a last resort, the child was taken from its parents and educated and reared by the local authorities. Religious instruction was given in the schools in accordance with the religion of the locality, but the children were not obliged to attend these. However, it was compulsory for them to receive religious instruction in the home or from the church, in that case. Furthermore, the minister of education had to be a Protestant.

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