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Would our national debt disappear over night if we cut all public education?

What if we cut all public education spending, returning the money to the tax payers (hence giving every Americans thousands of dollars in pay raises over night), and then sell every high school, middle school, and elementary school campus to the public sector? Wouldn't the private sector, with competition, make education better than the failing mass worker training camp system we have now while eliminating our national debt?
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    The private sector could handle education a thousand times better than the government. Teachers would be employees at big fancy private schools where snobby rich kids would go; and after work they would clean out a room in their house and start their own teaching company where poor kids would be enrolling. Education would be cheaper than dirt, there would be infinite variety, and students would not end up being brainwashed by the public system--and the economy would boom as well because there would be less taxes.

    So what happens to a kid with meth-head parents who can't even afford food? Well, charity would increase if taxes were to decrease. People are more inclined to give if they are not being robbed by the tax man.

    I cannot stress enough that individualism is the way to go. The government does nothing efficiently.
    Donnie Doom · 2 2
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  • They just pretend to have staggering national debt to keep people and technology down.
    lazlo_dei · 1 15
  • First order of business is to defund the National Education assn. The second order of business is to have it fumigated. The average cost of public school per pupil is about $9,000. The average cost of private schools is about $5,000. The average cost of home-schools is about $2,000. The lower the costs, the higher the academic achievement. Public education has proven to be a failure.The massive influx of marginal dollars into the economy would create a bigger economic boom than even Trump's tax cuts. Full employment. Huge new numbers of people making higher wages. Massive Decrease in the demands for welfare. More people paying taxes with higher wages. The new normal, without public education weighing the economy down, would astounding.
    Homeschool produces winners · 8 19
  • No but it might disappear if we got rid of rich person/corporate welfare for country club types like you whose kids get to go to private school on the backs of working people, so they don’t get shot up Ike kids from working class families
    perfectlybaked · 20 8
  • Our yearly federal education budget is about $70 billion. Our national debt is $20 TRILLION. If we cut out education from the federal budget and abolished the Dept. of Education, it would pay off our national debt in about 300 years.

    And that's IF we didn't suddenly decide to spend the savings five times (which we do when we save money), and if we could stop building the debt. If our debt grew in the next 300 years as it's been growing for the last 40 years or so, eliminating education wouldn't make a dent.

    Also, the money you and I pay for education would probably not change. States would feel forced to take up the slack. AND the fed. govt. would still have the job of setting minimums and standards, so creationism would not suddenly be taught in schools, prayer in schools would still be banned, etc. etc.
    Mr. Smartypants · 6 20

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