Sunday, June 05, 2005

US Education System

From the book "Underground History American Education", by John Gotto:

"The cost in New York State for building a well-schooled child in the year 2000 is $200,000 per body when lost interest is calculated. That capital sum invested in the child's name over the past twelve years would have delivered a million dollars to each kid as a nest egg to compensate for having no school." p. xxiv

Based on that excerpt here is my wife Jill's idea:

"Now there's an idea. Just take the money that would have been invested in a child's education and give it to them when they turn 18-- but do away with all social services related to unemployment and poverty :) A million dollars would average out to $20,000/year for 50 work years-- and that doesn't take into account that if only 20,000/year were taken out, the rest would still be earning interest. $20,000 is more than someone earning minimum wage working at Burger King will make. It's above the poverty level. And if a couple was married, that would be $40,000/year. Now, if a chunk of that money was used after the age 18 for college or starting a business, it could obviously translate into a lot more than $20,000/year. So, what if children were totally the parents' responsibility for the first 18 years? And then they got their million dollars? It's an interesting thought."

If I were President I would close all the schools, and implement my wife's plan to give each child 20,000 a year when they turned 18. I am going to take it a step further. If each child was getting 20,000 a year from our current taxes set aside from school, then we wouldn't need the welfare system. I am not sure how much more that would add to the kitty, but let's say it's maybe $2000 a year. So now each person over the age of 18 in this country would receive $22,000 yr to live on from our taxes.

Now, I know many of you are thinking,
"but kids need to be in school, kids can't learn on their own, if a kid drops out of school he/she will get nowhere. If they don't have school and they already have an income they won't want to do anything but be lazy and live off other people."

At a bare minimum everyone in the US would have a guaranteed income above the poverty level. Sure some people are going to waste that money on drugs and alcohol, BUT THAT ALREADY HAPPENS. Yes, some people will be lazy and not contribute to society, BUT THAT ALREADY HAPPENS. As for dropping out of school, there is a never ending list of amazingly successful people who have dropped out of either high school or college. However, because the list would take me forever to compile I decided to list just a small sampling of some modern day dropouts in one industry (the computer industry):

Bill Gates (co founder and CEO Microsoft)
Paul Allen (co founder Microsoft)
Steven Jobs (CEO Apple)
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple)
Michael Dell (Founder of Dell)
Larry Ellison (CEO of Oracle)

I could go on and on about this, but school doesn't appear to be a defining factor in the "success" of people in this country.

Imagination is the key.

One of the best things the government could do for children's education is to teach parents to let their children be imaginative.

Imagination combined with persistence can go a long way towards accomplishing amazing things. To quote Albert Einstein:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

We are teaching children to be sheep, instead of shepherds. We give them knowledge and teach them to take tests, but stifle their imagination. Get rid of the sheep farms (schools) and let our kids to learn to be shepherds (leaders) at home.

This probably won't help me get elected, but it is what I would push for if I were President. I will have to rely on my other campaign promises to get elected, they are pretty much fool-proof...


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