Barnaby Spring Posted over 1 year ago Why are schools taxed with the burden of creative education when it is a parent's responsibility? Hello to David in my home state of Arizona. Your question has some assumptions that I suspect need some unpacking. The first is about "schools". What are schools and what are they for? Are they for education? Are they for inculcation? Are they for molding? Are they for liberating? Are they for training our kids to be consumers? Are they for helping them to become citizens in a democratic republic and society? All the above? Those questions need to be settled before we get around to figuring out who's to be taxed or burdened. Depending on which school you are in these concepts mean different things to different people for different reasons. it can be a tall order This might seem a rather pedantic way to start off a comment but for me that's "the rub". The meaning and values we charge such words with. We want "critical thinking", for example, up to a point and within the boundaries of a certain container - call it the "school to college and career readiness pipeline" - but beyond that, beyond the pipe...please don't look at that "man" or "corporation" behind the curtain. In other words, we really don't want critical thinking...we want mind control. By "we" I don't mean you and I necessarily - it's an easy trap to fall into. We can go more deeply - as we've done above with the idea of "schools" - with the following ideas brought up in your question. "Tax", "Burden", "Creative", "Education", "Parent", "Responsibility". Folks often assume that they are talking about the same things when they use these words. Not. We are living in increasingly complex and ever-changing times. Meanings are shifting in vast ways...just like the weather. If, for example, those words above are merely tools for a dominant culture to rationalize its oppression of other cultures and have been devoured by a hegemony that is as natural to some as water is to fish...then you're really not asking a question. Then there is the topic of schools to prisons pipelines.