The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights, Article 26, Subsection 1 says: “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.”
Subsection 3 says: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” That means that they have school choice. Or they are supposed to.
Now, Alberta parents, the Smiths, send their kids to public schools. As per Subsection 3, above, the Joneses choose to send theirs to so-called private, or charter schools.
The Smiths and Joneses pay the same level of taxes to the provincial government, but currently, the Joneses school receives only 70% of the per capita student funding, from the government, that the Smith’s school receives. The Joneses have to make up the 30% deficit, out of pocket.
Meanwhile, the other 30% of the property tax that the Joneses paid to the government, stays with the government, to help fund public schools. That obviously subsidizes the Smiths.
Furthermore, by having to pay the extra 30% of the cost of their children’s education, after having paid the full amount of tax to the government; does this not mean that the Joneses have less money for food, clothing, and entertainment for their children? And does this not go against the spirit of the UN declaration that: “Education shall be free…”
As for the Smiths; does this subsidy from the Joneses not mean that they have a lightened burden for the education of their children, and therefore, more money left over for food, clothing, and entertainment for their children?
Please tell me again, who is subsidizing whom?
We’ve recently been hearing from an organization benignly called Public Interest Alberta, that insists that all tax money should go to public schools. This group makes the patently absurd claim that Alberta taxpayers are subsidizing private schools. The truth is obviously, exactly the opposite.
No one but the most intellectually or mathematically challenged could make such a claim – and I’m going to assume that these people are intelligent – so the conclusion I draw is that they have an agenda.
I strongly suspect that Public Interest Alberta is simply a front, and that they are preparing Albertans for the NDP government to ram through more of their left-wing ideology.
This particular doctrine holds that children are the property of the state, and in spite of the UN declaration, it’s Notley and friends who get to decide on your child’s education. It further insists that every teacher should be a unionized teacher, whether they want to be, or not.
Prove me wrong.
I’m Dave Reesor