Originally posted by twhitehead
It means what it says. You have a right to an eduction. The fact that your government does not let you have what you have a right to is just a reflection of how bad your government is. It doesn't change what your rights are.
The results of your governments failure in this regard are quite obvious on this forum.
In the US, education is free to everyone through high school and college is close to free as well as long as you're willing to go to a school whose tuition is no higher than Pell grants and maybe take out a few bucks in loans. Yes, you can't go to the University of Florida without money. There's no God-given right to go to a party school or a top-notch private school.
That there are problems with the primary education system in the US is probably more a function of government incompetence than failure of government to pony up enough money. The nationwide average spent on a public school kid's education is over $10,600.
Chew on this for a second:
In New York state, the average cost per student in public schools is over $18,000. I send my kids to private school where the cost is less than half of that. In Utah, the cost per student of a public school education is about $6,000 and yet its outcomes are comparable tot hose of NY.
It's a management issue and bureaucracies are poor managers, by and large. That's why I'm in favor of tuition vouchers (aside from that fact that they would be a tremendous boon for me, of course).