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Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids: What You Need to Know Paperback – November 13, 2009
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The book is relatively short, quick to read and to the point. It reads like a consumer guide for parents deciding on where to send their kids to be instructed. One choice of which (which this book is focused on) is government schools, which every parent should evaluate as a price vs. benefit purchase, as any other item in life: housing, food, clothing, etc.
Although government schooling is 'free', or rather everyone is forced to pay for it anyway, whether he likes it or not, the benefits at this price are not desirable as Ostrowski points out. He encourages parents to 'shop around' and compare what other options are, despite having to pay for it on top of the mandatory government school tax, to see what is most beneficial to their families. He makes the case that in the long run, other than government schooling is cheaper with better results.
Although I found the book did not have much new to say to convince me, it will not be shocking to those who still support or are concerned with government schools. If fact, that seems to be the point: to not overly alarm the reader. Also, the book doesn't really give a whole lot of esoteric knowledge. Most of what Ostrowski says everyone knows about anyway, but nobody acknowledges it, especially not the bureaucrats. His service is he points out the obvious facts and backs them up with lesser known facts, quotations and data.Read more ›
The result of public control is a mediocre product that people tolerate because it's "free", and because most can't afford the better option (since so much of their money-- taxes--- is already going to pay for the "free" option).
Those who can afford it often escape the inferior product by paying additionally for a better one. A private one. So they pay twice; mandated taxes for the lesser, then additional money for the one the really want.
If you want to read a one-sided self-indulgent monologue, save your money and read any one of a thousand single page format blogs that ignore the inconvenient contrary arguments.