We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
PJ O'Rourke studiedThe Wealth of Nations, so you won't have to. His new book.
Private schools are more integrated than public schools, and generally, the private tend to do lots of thing better. From a quote from a piece by Coulson at TCS:
...the most significant educational benefits to private schooling tend to be enjoyed by African American students, both in achievement and graduation rates. Economist Derek Neal has found that African American students attending urban Catholic schools are vastly more likely to complete high school, be accepted to college, and complete college than similar students who attend public schools. And a review by Harvard University researcher Paul Peterson and others finds that the academic achievement gains to students attending private schools under voucher programs are greatest among black students.
Labor markets, and helping the poor, made simple. From a piece by Clayton Cramer:
Teachers may not want to believe this, but there's a reason that plumbers get paid better than teachers. Teachers don't climb around under houses, in the dark, fighting with spiders, loosening and tightening the pipes coming out of your toilet. I've done just enough of this work when I was young that if I had the choice of being a plumber, a teacher, a software engineer, or a lifeguard, all for the same pay--well, let's just say that not many people would be lining up to be a plumber. The line to be a lifeguard or a teacher would run all the way around the block and perhaps into the next county.
Labor rates are a way of adjusting supply and demand to reflect fluctuating needs. If plumbers are in short supply, in a free market, wages will rise to reflect that scarcity. If the wages get high enough, people will become plumbers. If the supply of plumbers start to exceed the number of jobs, wages will drop, and send those who aren't keen on spiders and sewage into other jobs.