While writing in my previous post about how community centers and schools may help reduce crime by keeping criminals occupied, but shouldn’t necessarily be beholden to that goal, I thought of a subtle perversion in incentives that may be the key source of ruin for many failing public school districts.
The subtle perversion is the idea that EVERYONE, no matter what, is entitled to a free education. On the surface, that’s a noble goal. But, sometimes noble goals have bad consequences.
I think it’s the reason that many folks see a difference between the school and community center examples. ‘We’ don’t believe everyone is entitled to a free community center. ‘We’ do believe everyone is entitled to a free education.
But, how can this noble goal have a bad consequence?
Because that’s what forces schools to keep the bad apples, whereas community centers can kick out the bad apples.
In this post, I wrote about how the cost of education should be better known and schools should be able to expect students and parents to adhere to a code of conduct in exchange for the valuable and expensive education. Maybe even the parents of bad apples should be billed for the cost of their kids’ disruptions.
In public education, the incentives against misbehavior and failure are weak.