California GOP Congressional Candidate Wants To Eliminate Public Eductation
California Tea Party candidate for Congress David Harmer, the son of former Lt. Governor John Harmer, referred to public schools as “socialism in education” and wrote an op-ed in 2000 called “Abolish the Public Schools.”
In that [San Franciso] Chronicle piece, Harmer argues that “government should exit the business of running and funding schools.” He contends that would allow for “quantum leaps in educational quality and opportunity” and notes that he’s simply pushing for a return to “the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood.”
And here’s what that would look like according to Harmer:
Schooling then was typically funded by parents or other family members responsible for the student, who paid modest tuition. If they couldn’t afford it, trade guilds, benevolent associations, fraternal organizations, churches and charities helped. In this quintessentially American approach, free people acting in a free market found a variety of ways to pay for a variety of schools serving a variety of students, all without central command or control.
Amazingly, Harmer’s campaign has not focused on his views on this topic.Click here for reuse options!
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