September 5, 2003
Concerned about ownership?
Are you concerned about a consolidation of media ownership? Are you concerned about a consolidation of softare ownership? Are you concerned about a consolidation of any particularly vital industry?
If you said yes, then I'd venture a guess that you are a liberal (or perhaps someone trying to compete with Microsoft) and that therefore you are NOT concerned with the biggest monopoly in what is perhaps the most important industry in the nation: education.
Why is this? Personally, I don't worry so much about industry consolidation because I know that if a company fails to satisfy it's customers, it will go out of business and someone else will step in to do a better job. However, the state has owned and operated our education system for decades now and by all accounts is failing miserably (on the whole) and yet I hear scarce criticism about this from those who will yell their lungs out at the prospect of Fox News owning another local affiliate.
Folks, this is maddness. Look at what single, monoplistic control of education has done to our textbooks. We seem to care so much about how we learn about Scott Peterson and Coby Bryant but not a wit about how our kids are learning about history, math, and science in school. Our school text books are garbage because the states of California and Texas buy their text books in bulk, prompting text book publishers to water down and distort facts in order to cater to special, radical, irrational interests on the left and right.
There will always be a multitude of ways to find out what's going on in the world--we should be more concerned about what's going on in our schools. Concerned about monopolies? Be concerned that the bigest monopoly of them all is in charge of our children.