Should formally educating one's children (i.e. teaching basic math, reading, writing, etc.) through whatever available means (i.e. home school, private school, public school, etc.) be legally mandatory?
NOTE: I recognize the evil of public schooling and how such a project lies outside the scope of a legitimate government's function.
asked Nov 30 '12 at 18:21
JK Gregg ♦
No. No-one has a right to an education.
There must be laws against child abuse, but failing to educate a child is not a form of abuse. A parent is responsible for caring for a child. Education, which goes beyond basic care, is desirable, of course, but it should not be mandatory.
One problem with mandatory education is in defining exactly what it should consist of. Mandating education necessarily forbids unorthodox or unconventional education. Innovation in education then suffers -- as it has, already, in America due to public schooling. To mandate schooling is to cause stagnation in schooling.
Education is a value. It costs money. People who want education for their children have to work for it. Forcing people to pay for a certain amount and kind of education, whether it be for other peoples' children, or their own, is a violation of individual rights.
People should buy what education they can afford, and no more. Each parent should be allowed to make those purchases which fit his/her budget. If that budget has no room for education of children, so be it. Such a budget probably can barely afford food, let alone education.
answered Nov 30 '12 at 18:49
John Paquette ♦