10A027 How to Escape School by Jim Davies, 9/20/2010

My thanks to Fred Reed on LewRockwell.com for spotting this one: eight-year-old Samuel Burgos has been expelled from a government school for wielding a toy pistol, and after 12 months the school will not let him return. That's last Friday's good news.

The bad news is that his father Magdiel is complaining. Yes, he says, punishment is due, but not this much. Punishment? for toting a toy gun? This is Samuel's opportunity of a lifetime, to get a real education! He could hardly have received a more valuable reward.

The worse news is that the controllers in that youth indoctrination factory offer to place Samuel in a reform school, along with maladjusted kids who would no doubt teach him the arts of criminal living. Happily, despite the elder Burgos' eagerness to see him accepted back as a "normal" kid, he has for the last year been schooled at home, and although his parents evidently have little idea how to handle that well, it's bound to be an improvement on the government alternative. They did rightly reject the School Board's offer.

It's really hard to get out of this universal, 12-year sentence for the crime of being a child. Easier in some States than others which compel attendance in a school approved by government censors, but nowhere easy - always, the parent is charged for the place even if it is not used, so although home-schooling is still horribly expensive, Sammy Burgos may have found a way to escape.

All a child need do, apparently, is to spend a few bucks on a toy gun and wave it around at school where a government agent can see it. Best make sure it's colored very brightly, so that it's very obviously a toy, so that said agent doesn't shoot with a real one and ask questions later - but that's the way. Then he's out of the factory, back home where he belongs, in the care of Mom and Dad. They will have to get up to speed in how and what to teach, but they need not worry; they cannot do worse than the government curiosity killers.

This will of course be only a temporary fix, while awaiting a zero government society in which all education is done either at home, or by schools that must attract and retain customers without compulsion, just by providing excellent service. The results will be vastly superior and the cost, a small fraction of today's typical tax-funded $18,000/yr per student.

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