If Even Liberal Sweden And Denmark Have Instituted School Vouchers, Isn’t It Time To Consider Them?

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6 Responses to “If Even Liberal Sweden And Denmark Have Instituted School Vouchers, Isn’t It Time To Consider Them?”

  1. Orange Smith says:

    Different countries are different.
    You can’t really compare countries and programs in such a broad scale, because varying countries have different factors needed to be considered in such discussions.

  2. yutsnark says:

    We should certainly consider them. But they would have to be generous enough that even poor people can send their kids to private schools. If we can afford that, I’m in!
    pdooma: Yes, I read the link, and it’s very interesting. But you’ll admit, it says very little about the food voucher program, how it’s implemented, and how it works. My answer remains the same.
    My only real concern about the voucher idea is that, to be fair, it would have to be costly. If we give a voucher of, say, $5000/year, that might help an upper-middle-class family to send one child to private school at a discounted rate. For a poor family, it would do nothing, since no school would accept that as full tuition.

  3. Pull My Finger says:

    How can right-wingers support voucher systems? Doesn’t that involve public subsidy (in the form of vouchers) to private institutions (private schools)? That’s not very laissez faire.
    ***Added: Okay, I read your link. My comment still stands. Also, your link had very little to do with school vouchers, so I felt that was a bit of a bait-and-switch move on your part. But the article was interesting. It will be worth watching Sweden and Norway to see how their economies fare in the future. I kept wondering what kind of protectionist measures they are still implementing, though. I’m willing to bet that one reason they are doing well is because Norwegian corporations probably can’t move factories overseas as well as we can. Although the Swedes have had no problem doing so with Ikea, so there’s that. I don’t have any data on hand, though, I’m just babbling.
    But yeah – voucher systems aren’t very free market, brah.
    ***Added 2: I also see that Ikea now belongs to some Dutch folks.

  4. Jesse Pinkman - Aw, what's in th says:

    If your premise was that our government that should emulate theirs, maybe.
    If your premise is that we should tell those who can’t afford healthcare in our country to f themselves while only examining an dissected portion of Scandinavian educational policy than the answer is clearly no.
    Don’t get me wrong, I agree those countries are better than are we, but one just don’t get to cherry pick policies as you aim to do.

  5. Lenny the Strawman says:

    I’m open to vouchers as long as I don’t have to pay for kids to learn about the bible (or Koran, or whatever literature Scientologists might have, etc), and get told that evolution is a lie.

  6. tigeress says:

    Sweden’s educational system has always been more progressive than ours. They might pay more taxes but their higher education and tec schools are free as well as their heath care. They have already made advances in an alternative fuel and in the automotive field. So, I would say yes, we should look into school vouchers. Our educational system is out dated and broken.

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