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re:a few points before we wait for the laws



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Yes freedom of choice of schools is a lofty ideal when there are no schools
to be found in the village one lives. Moreover, as for as seeing what
poverty actually is, Mr. Sablok, it is very personal thing for me, cuz I
have lived one. 

You say some poor people are sending their kids to English medium school,
the family I grew up in, was considered not so poor in the neighborhood of
people who could only be described as less poor or more poor, or destitute,
yet sending us to any private school let alone the rate English medium
school was impossible for our parents! Baring just a few others who had
enough to eat and perhaps, as you say, send their kids to some English
schools, and by local standards, they would be considered filthy rich!

If it were not for those low quality Government Schools, with crumbling
buildings, which cost nothing to the poor parents, I and all siblings of
mine would be illiterate today. It is not a coincidence that lot of people,
my own classmates dropped out not because the standard of the school was bad
(which could be true) but also because their poor parents would rather have
them work in the fields with them or earn extra wages to support the family.
Educated and understanding parents don't do that, rich or poor, and my own
having gotten here is a testimony that poor people send their kids to
schools too. However, once again, freedom or school choice is a lofty ideal
at least to this day in my village in India. On the other hand, poor folks
in my village won't mind exercising some control over how the school is run
and help control the quality of the education, which is what I advocate in
my proposal. What I am interested in is what can be implemented. I know our
country doesn't have enough resources to fund 10 schools in every village
(remember your proposal of spending 6% of the GDP on education!). Even if
all of the 6% of GDP proposed here is spent on just the primary education,
you won't be able to provide choice of school to every child in India.
Moreover, who ensures that funding of these private schools from taxpayer
money will not end up in wrong places, and that there will not be
corruption? Who will police them, and where will the funding for that kind
of policing come from ?

All of the idealism sounds nice and dandy, but for a little boy in my
village, it simply does not matter how great your policies are, or how many
years you are going to fight for this idealism and manage the funds to
provide such a choice to the village, because his childhood will not wait,
his age will not wait, and he needs a school right now, and that is where I
suggest the parents rights to file a law-suite against a local government,
should they not be provided with at least one public school to send their
kids to. On the other hand, once a school is made available (of course it is
not socialism, so the local people are going to have to pay for it, through
local taxes), every parent of a child of school going age, must be required
to send their kid to "a school" which doesn't have to be the public school
provided by the city government, but it could be any other school that the
parents choose to send their kids to, the choices could be :

1. the government funded public school
2. a private or charity school funded by religious/charity organizations
3. a fee based private school. 



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