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Felon Tries to Educate Kids

October 04th, 2011 by Adam G.

A decade back First Things ran a symposium on whether America’s extreme abortion license had stripped the US government of its legitimacy. As a conservative, I disapprove of loose talk of that kind, but I’m sure a good time is had by all, and the fun is mostly harmless.

Because, say what one will, the US will not in practice lose its legitimacy because of complaints about abortion or excess federal power. Those complaints are theoretical in kind.

The practical threat to US legitimacy is our education system. A failure for parents, children, and teachers alike, and vastly expensive at that. A failure that can easily be tied into middle class fears about economic decline. A failure that viscerally engages parents, who are the venture capitalists of society. A failure that that is not altogether unoppressive: Perry’s Gardasil troubles and the meteoric rise of homeschooling are both related to the growing feeling that American education systems have anti-parent reflexes.

And now, apparently, a mother has been arrested, charged, and convicted as a felon for using a harmless subterfuge to get her kids into a better school.

The powers that be should have a care. It is the roots of public order they are playing with.

Update:
The lower middle classes significantly subsidize upper middle class schooling by some measures:

http://www.aei.org/outlook/101081

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October 04th, 2011 10:25:22
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Vader
October 4, 2011

Unfortunately, the taboo on perjury is also at the roots of public order.

I could be mistaken, but I believe our ancestors’ civil disobedience during the unpleasantness over plural marriage was a civil disobedience that made some effort to at least technically avoid perjury.


Adam G.
October 4, 2011

I agree that truth-telling under oath in court is one of our societal bedrocks. But the felon mom didn’t actually commit perjury, for one thing.

For another, all social systems have well-understood areas where lies and deviance from the formal law are tacitly permitted.

Unfortunately our bureacracies and ourprogressives–but I repeat myself–are increasingly autistic.


Adam Greenwood
October 4, 2011

Bookslinger
October 4, 2011

I disagree with the premise of the AEI story. Primary and secondary schools are primarily funded with property taxes. (At least in Indiana)

Therefore, lower and middle class taxpayers likely pay _less_ for education than people with higher property values.

And to whatever degree state-sponsored post-secondary schools are funded with state tax dollars, those with higher incomes also provide a larger portion of that funding (via state income and sales taxes.)

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