Saturday, August 31, 2013

Eat at McDonalds. Or Else.

Have you ever complained about the quality of McDonalds’ hamburgers?  Do you order hamburgers from other places, or even go so far as to make your own, because of this lack of quality?
Shame on you.
You ought to know that some people are poor enough that they can’t afford to eat elsewhere.  Your abandonment of the fast food joint ensures that they’ll never ever be able to eat a decent burger.
You see, we all need to stop searching for better burgers and eat at McDonalds.  That way, we’ll have a vested interest in trying to convince the company to create a better burger.  If no one ever goes to their competitors, they’ll be sure to come up with a perfect burger.  You’ll see.
Sure, we might have to put up with lame and disgusting burgers for a few years.  We might end up with diseases from lack of nutrition and extreme amounts of indigestion.  We might find that the thought of one more burger is enough to make our stomachs rebel.
But in the end, McDonalds will be sure to hear our vehement complaints.  They will realize that if they don’t create a better burger, we’ll all… er… whine when we order our next burger.  Yeah, that’ll teach ‘em.  Tell ‘em that if their burgers don’t improve, we’ll keep whining… as we order them.
Yes, folks, the way will not be easy; the burger might take years to improve… but future consumers will thank you.
And if you dare buy from WhatABurger?  Or Hardees?  Or Burger King?  Or Wendys?  Well, then it’s quite obvious that you are a bad person.  Stop complaining about food which you aren’t willing to eat and start making a difference.  Order a Big Mac today.
No, I have not lost my mind; I don’t really want you to buy from McDonalds.
The above is my attempt at a loose parody of this “manifesto”: “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person”
Now, this article is so flawed that if I were to address every single fault, I’d probably end up with a book.  I’m attempting to write a reasonably-sized blog post; I’ll only touch on the three most obvious (to me) flaws.

1. – Eliminating Competition.

“Everyone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better.”
“[I]f every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve.”
Competition is not bad. It forces good businesses to excell in at least one area, and gives the consumer the leverage needed to get a good deal.  Quite a few stores, for instance, will lower the price of an item for you if you let them know that another store in the area is selling it cheaper.  Why?  Because they won’t make a profit if you choose to buy from that other store, and therefore they will do their best to ensure that you are pleased.
Eliminating competition is not a good way to ensure better customer service, better products, or better education.  This should be obvious to anyone.  It really isn’t that complicated, people.  You don’t need to have a Ph.D. to be able to figure this out.
Obviously, McDonalds and Public Schools aren’t exactly the same.  One is tax-funded, and you are required to pay for it.  The other only takes your money when you order a burger.

2. – Taxpayer-Funded Education

“This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good. (Yes, rich people might cluster. But rich people will always find a way to game the system: That shouldn’t be an argument against an all-in approach to public education any more than it is a case against single-payer health care.)”
This smacks of socialism.  Make sure that everyone is certain to have exactly the same thing, assume that they deserve it, offer it as a government program, force everyone to pay for it, etc, etc.

God didn’t order give the civil government the authority or duty to ensure that everyone is educated.  God tells parents to educate their children.  Public schools shouldn’t even exist.  They are unconstitutional, unbiblical, and as they have proved over and over, utterly incompetent.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. -Deuteronomy 6:6,7

3. – Is Education Important… Or Not?

Honestly, I’m still not sure what this lady is saying.
On the one hand, she is arguing that high-quality education for everyone is vital.  That you ought to make sacrifices to make certain that everyone gets a good education.
On the other hand, she assures you that your child won’t suffer when you ensure that they receive a mediocre education. They’ll do fine; the experience will be good for them.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” -Romans 1:22
“Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.” -Proverbs 9:9,10

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