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Monday, October 22, 2007

Why We Need the Separation of School and State


If, for example, Wal-Mart were running our schools, who wouldn't be surprised that criticism of Wal-Mart would be kept to a minimum and that pro-Wal-Mart attitudes would be cultivated among students? We would expect that. It would not shock us. We would just consider the source.

But how rarely do we consider the source when it comes to state-funded education! There is an assumption that people make that education when sponsored by the state will be objective and keep the student's best interest at heart. This assumption makes no sense whatever, but it is nonetheless widely held. We encounter this often in dealing with the issue of elementary and secondary schools. If someone attends a Baptist or Catholic school, people ask how they can stand all that religious indoctrination. But have you ever heard a student in public school questioned as to how they can stand all that statist indoctrination? It's not likely.


--from "The First and Next 25 Years" by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. at http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/25years.html.

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