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July 28, 2008

Sweden Inches toward Privatizing Schools

Even as America's largest teachers union leaps off the edge of leftist politics, and Britons turn away from teaching because it has degenerated into a cross between social work and zookeeping, socialist Sweden is taking baby steps toward the long overdue privatization of education.

Sweden's independent schools are financed with tax loot, but run by independent companies that have to compete with each other, instead of by plodding bureaucrats. Having briefly taken power from the Social Democrats, a center-right government started the schools in 1992. At the time, 1.7% of high school Swedes were privately educated. Now the number is 17%.

Back in power, liberals are unable to kill the schools because they're too popular, and have had to settle for denouncing them as anti-egalitarian and imposing a lid on fees. Even public schools have improved due to the competition. Possibly even more distressing to moonbats than the threat of an independently educated populace is the increased input the privately run schools provide parents.

As science proves, capitalism works, socialist moonbattery does not. In education, as with healthcare and most everything else, the less government control, the better the result.

On tips from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at July 28, 2008 8:47 AM

Comments

Breaking the hold the monopolistic teacher's union has on education is the most critical political initiative in the War on Moonbattery. The NEA has produced a generation symapthetic to socialism and suspicious of America, and are well into producing another. This country may not survive two generations of leftist indoctrination. If privatization can be done in Sweden, it can be done here.

Posted by: Beef at July 28, 2008 9:20 AM

It sounds like Sweden has adopted the Charter school model which is used in several states here in the Unites states. Good for them, and let's hope that charter schools find more acceptance, here, too.

Posted by: Nate at July 29, 2008 10:52 AM