Ned Flanders wrote:Competition leads to focus on the customers: parents and students. Not the unions.
The One wrote: From what I've seen, competition favors the customers which in this case are students.
I can say from substantial experience working on both sides of this debate that this is flat out false. Competition does not, in most instances, lead to focus on "customers"/students in the context of education. More often, it leads to capitalistic Darwinism. Fiscally efficient and/or cheaper does not always lead to better. My own experience has shown me that running an educational system as you would a business hardly favors students. They are not "customers." Learning is the product of schools. Can and should we do better? Yes. Privatizing education is not the means to that end. There are countless examples of this (take a quick look at many of the proprietary education giants).