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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

Matthias Julius wrote:
> "Roberto C. Sanchez" <roberto@familiasanchez.net> writes:
>>Again, the problem is that the lack of a profit motive hampers efficiency.
> Is there no other way to create a motive other than money?
There are other ways.  Profit, however, is provably the most effective.
 I mean the Soviets (formerly) and the Cubans (currently) motivate their
economies with fear.  I think we can safely say it doesn't work as well.

>>Absolutely.  I volunteer teach at my church's academy (K-12).  They
>>charge about $2000/year in tuition becauase they want to stay affordable
>>to the working class families in the meighborhood where the church is
>>located.  They do an absolutely bang-up job.  Far better than most
>>public schools (and I had an *outstanding* public school experience).
> This has nothing to do with a profit oriented, competetive business.
> Do you think this could be a wide-spread model based on donations?
Yes, I think if all education were private you would see many more
church organizations, espcially in poor neighborhoods, start up schools
at low cost.  The problem is that many can't since they can't compete
with "free."  My church's school is, I think, very fortunate becuase
some wealthy individuals have donated for scholarship funds and that has
allowed them to admit students from families that are even under the
poverty line.

This tells me that there families out there for whom a good (in this
case Christian) education is so important to them that they are willing
to sacrifice to put their child(ren) in a good school.  Anyone claims
that private education is only for the wealthy is wrong.

>>Please go and review Maslow's Hierarchy of Need.  Basically, you need
>>food, clothes, shelter and physical security (e.g., survival) to live.
>>Everything else is a bonus.
> I would add education to that.  While it is not required for the
> functioning of the human body it is essential to be part of our
> society.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is focused on the individual.  Not only
that, but your criteria originaly was "to live."  Now you are expading
it to include "be part of society."  Those are two different things.

Roberto C. Sanchez

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