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Education "vouchers" solve the fiscal crisis, and also lead to economic recovery?

Simply open up K-12 education to the market place, with government only playing a role by financing the students with a yearly education check of $8000.

*www.usagovernmentspending.com shows American local governments spending $458.3 billion for K-12 education in 2012.
*(Sir Ken Robinson says this education system is a complete failure)
*The new education cost of $8000 education check to 50 million K-12 students is $400 billion per year
*This saves $58.3 billion
*(a $6000 check would save $158.3 billion)
*The yearly education check allows students(and their parents) to choose how, when, where, and what they learn, and also who teaches them
*The yearly education check of $8000 opens up a $400B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives
*($6000 check opens up a $300B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives)

State fiscal crisis solved, federal fiscal crisis solved, and the new education market leads America's economic recovery.

Thoughts everyone?

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  • Jan 20 2013: What would you choose for yourself and your children?
    A. Turning the food service industry over to the government where politicians tell you when, what, where, and how to eat.
    A'. Turning the education industry over to the government where politicians tell students when, what, where, and how to learn.

    B. A completely open food service industry where anyone can open a restaurant, grocery store, deli, bakery, and people are free to chose when, what, where, and how they eat.
    B'. A completely open education service industry where anyone can offer education services, and people are free to chose when, what, where, and how they learn --- and the government redistributes wealth into the hands of K-12 students every year in the form of a $8000/student/yr.

    Equality is in the $8000 voucher to every K-12 student, and everyone is free to choose non-profit education services like TED.
    • Jan 20 2013: Argument by really bad analogy...

      If we are going to spend public funds, the tax payer still has a right to know that the education being provided is going to prepare students for the 21st century economy. That means private schools must be willing to provide a standardized curriculum that teaches science, mathematics, and so on...

      The tragedy of vouchers is that they don't save you (you have to pay the remaining tuition that the voucher doesn't cover), or the tax payer money. Private schools on average, cost twice as much to provide an equivalent education as public schools. The really good private schools can cost 40K per year. FACT!

      http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/06/22/private-school-tuition-hits-the-stratosphere-40-000-per-year/

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