Privatizing Public Services | Prisons and Schools


We often hear politicians say that the government
should be run like a business. It’s one of those intuitive sayings that
many Americans nod along in agreement with. Part of that business model is the push towards
privatization of government services in order to save money and improve quality – and
we’ve seen a lot of that in recent decades. But can public services with a relatively
stable demand be run like a business – and more importantly, should they? The 60s and 70s were an interesting time in
American history. The baby boomers were coming of age and demanding
things like civil rights, women’s rights, the end to the war in Vietnam, and were generally
causing trouble for the political establishment. So, Nixon began the War on Crime. Crime in this case being protests and riots
and later the War on Drugs because you know… hippies. Drugs were already illegal but now they were
hyper illegal. This escalated under Reagan, which is where
the story of privatization begins for most industries, but for now, let’s just focus
on prisons. The first modern private prison opened in
Tennessee in 1984. In the years that followed, three major corporations
turned private prisons into a multi-billion dollar industry. And at the same time, strangely, the prison
population exploded. I can tell you right now that this doesn’t
track with the overall population of the United States, the violent crime rate grew, but that
peaked in the early 90s and has been falling ever since, so why is the prison population
still growing? Because the definition of a jailable offense
has expanded. And not only that, but the punishments for
those crimes have also grown. Thanks in large part to the private prison
lobby. In order to grow like a business, you have
to increase demand for your product, but public services typically have a pretty stable demand. So private prisons pushed for harsher punishments
and longer punishments. In the late 80s and early 90s, they passed
mandatory minimum sentencing laws, first at the federal level and then almost every state
followed suit. This took determining punishments out of the
hands of judges. They couldn’t take context into account,
it didn’t matter if this was your first offense, you were a model citizen, you didn’t
mean to do it – didn’t matter, prison. Then they lobbied for Three Strikes laws. They vary by state, but in general, if you
commit three misdemeanors, it’s a felony; and if you commit three felonies, you’re
done – mandatory life sentence. This artificially inflated demand for prisons. Even though crime rates are down, the prison
population continues to grow, there are currently 2.3 million prisoners in the United States
and about 9% of them are in private facilities. Private prisons have the benefit of being
built quickly, without taxpayer approval. They commonly refuse to take the most violent,
and therefore the most expensive, prisoners, who then have to go to a government facility. But hey, as long as they’re saving the taxpayers
money, right? It costs about 87 dollars a day per prisoner
in a government run facility, while a private facility can do it for only 70 dollars a day,
mostly by cutting staff and services… which as you might have guessed, leads to more violence…
you get what you pay for. And those savings are negated by the fact
that people in private prisons serve longer sentences. You know when you get sent- when someone else
gets sentenced to 5-10 years for whatever crime? In a government prison, you’re up for parole
in five years and will likely get out. In a private prison, you’re far more likely
to serve the full ten. Not only because of the increased violence
and increased infractions, but the fact that the contract with the government usually includes
a 95% or more required occupancy clause. And the parole board remembers that when looking
over your case. Now, we can debate over whether or not prisons
are correctional and serve to rehabilitate prisoners – they don’t – but what isn’t
up for debate is that private prisons are no better at it than government prisons. 76.6% of all federal private prison inmates
are re-arrested within five years, which is virtually identical to government prisons. Because of that, the Department of Justice
and Bureau of Prisons terminated their contracts with private prisons in 2016. Private prisons served an important role during
a difficult period, but time has shown that they compare poorly to our own Bureau facilities. They simply do not provide the same level
of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and
they do not maintain the same level of safety and security. The contracts were immediately reinstated
by Trump, but still. Private prisons are losing favor in the court
of public opinion, and they know that, so they’re shifting focus away from corrections
and towards immigration. You know those ICE detention centers you’ve
been hearing about on the news? 75% of them are privately run. But prisons aren’t even close to being the
only public service that has seen a shift towards privatization. Even some that you wouldn’t think could
be privatized, like the military, are mostly private. There are currently three private defense
contractors for every one uniformed servicemember serving overseas. And just over half of them are “combat-oriented”…
so mercenaries. They cost an order of magnitude more than
a regular soldier, at taxpayer expense, but the political benefit of having defense contractors
far outweighs the monetary cost. Whenever a politician says we only have so
many troops remaining in whatever country, mentally multiply that number by four. Defense contractors also don’t count towards
the official American casualty numbers, so those look better too. Private contractors don’t have to follow
the same rules, but they also don’t get the same legal protections. There hasn’t been a real push to privatize
police forces in the United States, but we have been privatizing emergency medical services
and even firefighting. Private firefighters aren’t exactly a new
concept. The first fire brigade in Ancient Rome was
owned by Marcus Licinius Crassus, who would haggle over prices with the property owner
as their home was burning to the ground. I sure am glad we moved passed that and that
would never happen in America. Wexford County, Michigan contracted out its
ambulance services in the mid 90s, saving taxpayers $300,000 in the first year. Lowering taxes is one of the main claims and
a primary driver of privatization. I very much doubt that Wexford County residents
saw a reduction in their taxes, but even if they did, that averages to about $10 per person
per year, or just 83 cents a month. I probably accidentally threw away 83 cents
last month. You might be thinking that any reduction is
a good reduction, right up until you need an ambulance and they hand you your bill. Private EMS charges the county less in taxes
but charges the individual users significantly more on the back end. Privatizing infrastructure, like toll roads
and bridges, comes with the same problem. It reduces local taxes but increases individual
costs. In 2005, the operational rights to the Chicago
Skyway were sold for the next 99 years for 1.8 billion dollars to a Spanish transportation
company and Australian investment bank. Because you know, buy American. Cities and states have been doing this for
a short-term cash influx, while offloading the cost of future maintenance, at the expense
of long-term revenue. Had Chicago maintained control, they would
have made almost 8 billion dollars over that 99 years, not accounting for inflation or
toll increases. Which is exactly what happened anyway, a few
years ago the bridge was re-sold to a collection of Canadian retirement funds, who then doubled
the tolls. They will profit from the bridge until the
year 2104. Perhaps the only case where privatization
has saved taxpayers money both in taxes and on the back end is trash collection. And even then, they fail miserably when it
comes to efficiency. Residential trash collection is fine, it’s
pretty straightforward, but commercial trash collection is an absolute nightmare. In New York City, there are over 250 trash
collection companies. All of that competition in such a small space
just makes them get in the way of each other, a five block stretch of 87 businesses will
have 27 different dump truck companies driving through each night. So that’s how mafia works… So privatization doesn’t really drive down
costs or improve efficiency, but all of that competition must improve quality, right? Yeah, ask British Rail how that went. The story of what happened to British Rail
is so astonishingly stupid that it’s a video in itself… that someone else already made. Seriously, check it out after this, it’s
amazing. I just got back from Vidcon London and the
public transportation there is just so… you have no idea how good you have it. I’m so jealous that I kept my Oyster Card,
just so that I can put it under my pillow and dream about that ever happening in America. Seriously, if they ever try to privatize Transport
for London and you guys don’t riot, or at least form an orderly queue to register a
formal complaint, I would be very disappointed. Same goes for the NHS, while we’re at it. I didn’t have to use it while I was there,
but I know someone who did, and their experience, even as a foreigner, was both quick and fantastic. But healthcare is another video in itself,
don’t worry it’s coming. Competition, at least in the free market,
is supposed to lower costs, improve efficiency, and hopefully improve quality. But governmental public services are by design,
meant to lose money. We all pay into them through taxes, because
we all benefit from the service, either directly or indirectly. We as a society pay for it, because we as
a society benefit from it. Competition didn’t improve quality or lower
costs for private prisons and certainly didn’t for public transportation. But for some reason, we all seem to think
it will work for schools. What if schools had to compete for students
in the same way that businesses have to compete for customers? Schools can’t grow like a business. If you have a burger joint in your town and
a second burger joint opens up, overall demand for burgers increases. Both businesses will benefit from competition. But when it comes to schools, if you open
a second one, you’re just cutting the student population and thus the demand, in half. Unless your business plan includes encouraging
parents to have more kids, in which case you’re playing the long game. The demand for schools is relatively stable
over time, you can cut costs and improve quality all you want, the student population is basically
the same. The National Center for Education Statistics
reports that since 1970, public school attendance in the U.S. has gone up by just five percent,
while public school employment has gone up 95 percent! PragerU is correct when they say the student
population has only grown by 5% in the last 50 years, because people just aren’t having
that many kids anymore, the population is pretty stable. But that 95% employment increase is rather
deceptive. Two-thirds of that growth was in administrative
staff, so secretaries, librarians, counselors, and principals. Apparently every school needs four vice principals
now for some reason. The teacher population only accounts for 37%
of that growth, on average over the last 50 years, we went from 22 students per teacher
to just 16. Which if you ask me, that sounds like a good
trend. But ask almost anyone, and they will tell
you that the public school system is broken. The system, especially for economically disadvantaged
kids, is broken. I even asked you on twitter and an alarming
amount of you agreed. Saying that the public school system is broken
is like… supporting the troops. Every time a politician says it, everyone
claps and nods along in agreement, even if their personal experience was great. But nobody seems to be able to agree on how
to fix it. PragerU’s solution is privatization and
introducing free market competition. In almost every state and city where there
is competition today, educational outcomes improve – often dramatically. We don’t need any more money, we need more
choice. Forcing more competition and faster improvement
among existing public and private schools. Private schools have existed basically forever,
certainly longer than any public school. And it shouldn’t surprise you, but a large
number of private schools are religious in nature. Public schools in America didn’t really
come about until after Reconstruction and by World War 2, just about every kid had access
to public education. Because as a society, we all agreed that we
all need this. And that’s essentially how it was for a
decades, everyone had access to public schools, and if you had the means and you wanted to,
you could send your kids to a private school. But in the mid 90s, a third option opened
up: charter schools. Depending on state law, these schools can
be started by parents, teachers, non-profit groups, corporations, or even government organizations. Remember this one, I have a feeling it’ll
be important later. Charter schools are privately run and publicly
funded, they typically use a different teaching style like Montessori or have some sort of
curriculum focus like college prep, fine arts, or STEM. They didn’t really take off until No Child
Left Behind was signed in 2001. Among other things, No Child Left Behind established
standards that every school had to meet, and if they don’t meet those standards, bad
things happen… If a school is unsuccessful in hitting its
annual targets for a sixth consecutive year, a restructure plan is implemented. Common options include: Turning over district
control to the state, turning the school into a charter school, or closing the school. There weren’t enough charter schools to
statistically compare them to public schools until a few years after that law was signed,
so all of the data I will be showing you starts in 2005. Which was still fourteen years ago… why
am I so old!? Then a few other laws were passed like Race
to the Top and Every Student Succeeds, and most recently the bane of all educators was
introduced: Common Core… which just seems like a way to make public schools compete
with one hand tied behind their back. Since depending on the state, charter schools
don’t necessarily have to follow that curriculum. Charter schools are a rather contentious issue
and supporters like PragerU and the Cato Institute know that, so they’ve changed the language
to School Choice. According to researchers at the University
of Arkansas – in the most comprehensive study done to date — students in school choice
programs saw their reading and math scores improve by 27 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Sounds like something we should get behind,
doesn’t it? PragerU is rather infamous for not citing
their sources, so it took some digging, but I did find it. It’s from the University of Arkansas School
Choice Demonstration Project and it comes to a rather interesting conclusion. Generally, the impacts are larger for reading
than for math, for programs outside the US relative to those within the US, and for publicly-funded
programs relative to privately-funded programs. Wait, what?! Okay so, the data is rather difficult to sift
through, but we’ll get through it together. Here it is, TOT Reading, 27% increase for
areas that have school choice programs. But here we can see that they broke it down
by International and United States. Internationally, school choice improves reading
scores by 48%, while it only improves the United States by 2%. It’s the same story for math – yes, that
says negative zero for the United States. PragerU presents this data as if school choice
programs increase scores in the US, when in reality, it increases scores by this much
Internationally, and only this much in the United States. Sounds like something we should get behind,
doesn’t it? This study, the one that PragerU cites as
proof that school choice is better, actually shows that in the United States it has basically
no effect. You can check it yourself, unlike PragerU,
I cite my sources. And while you’re checking, you might find
out that their source wasn’t peer-reviewed or published anywhere. It’s a working paper, there’s even a disclaimer
on the first page saying not to use these results without clearly stating that it is
a working paper. This was fun, let’s do another one! According to a 2015 Stanford study, not only
do charter schools provide significantly higher levels of growth in math and reading for all
students, but minority and low income students benefit disproportionately more. The minority angle is part of PragerU’s
overall school choice narrative. If you don’t support school choice, then
you’re the real racist. They actually sprinkle this into every video
they possibly can about politics and race. It’s no coincidence that Progressivism is
the common thread that binds predominately black cities where single parent homes, failing
schools, rampant poverty, and crime predominate. Opposition to school choice has kept them
trapped in failing schools. However, it’s unfair to hold minority parents
and students hostage in underperforming public schools. It’s conservatives who push for school vouchers,
which would allow all parents, not just wealthy ones, to choose their children’s school. It’s the other side that doesn’t trust
minority parents to select and appropriate school for their children. This is obviously true for wealthy parents
who can afford to send their children to any school they want, but it’s equally true
for middle class and poor parents when they have a choice. Okay wow, this is a poor family… and this
is a wealthy family? While it is technically possible, and props
to PragerU for trying to look progressive, but in the reality that most of us live in,
there’s a 70% chance that the family that sends their kids to a private school is white. In fact, 43% of all private schools in the
country are what they call “virtually all white.” PragerU is rather famous for coloring everyone
this rather neutral blue. So coloring them like this was a conscious
decision. But we’re not talking about private schools
right now, we’re talking about charter schools… and this claim that minority students do disproportionately
better… thankfully PragerU actually cited this one. This study measures success a little differently,
they tested students in charter and public schools at the beginning of the year and then
at the end of the year and calculated how many days of learning they gained or lost
compared to each other. They only did this in 41 urban areas, like
Las Vegas and New Orleans. According to this study, yes, some minority
students in charter schools did perform better on the year-end tests. Just for funsies, let’s take a look at the
break down. Black students gained 36 days of learning
in math, meaning that after a full school year, students in charter schools scored as
if they had 36 extra days of instruction, but still within a standard school year – they’re
getting more bang for their buck. They had a similar 26 days of extra learning
in reading. Hispanic students had similar gains of 22
days and 6 days, while Asian students gained 9 days of math and 0 days of reading. Which is great, I’m all for extra learning,
even if it doesn’t necessarily benefit everyone. White students on the other hand, lost 36
days of math and 14 days of reading, meaning that white students in charter schools do
significantly worse than their public school counterparts. Just to put that into perspective, 36 days
is seven weeks of lost instruction. I wonder what PragerU’s predominately white,
Republican viewership would think if after this sentence…
… minority and low income students benefit disproportionally more… They added that white students perform disproportionately
worse. This was PragerU’s source, I didn’t have
to go looking for this, they deliberately only talked about minority students in order
to show that school choice works. So enough of this, no more cherry picking
racial groups or comparing schools globally, let’s look at the data ourselves. The National Assessment of Educational Progress,
or NAEP, is a standardized test given to 4th, 8th, and 12th graders around the country every
other year. They have a handy data explorer where you
can look at the results yourself. I realize that many of you may have problems
with standardized tests, but we need some reliable measuring stick to compare schools
and this is the best one we have. It’s also what the PragerU studies use,
so it’s what I’m going to use. Here’s how you can look up the data yourself,
by selecting the subject, the grade, and then searching for the charter school variable. It creates a report which you can then use
to make charts. So, simple question, on average, nationwide,
are charter schools outperforming public schools? PragerU would have you believe that they are. But here are the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade
math scores for every year available. Here are the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade reading
scores for every year available. Not once have charter schools done better
than public schools, but in 2017 they finally tied in 4th grade reading. Is it reasonable to assume that eventually
charter schools will surpass public schools? Probably. But when PragerU tells you that they already
are – they’re lying. Not all charter schools are bad, in fact,
statistically, 17% of them do better than public schools and 46% of them perform about
the same. While the remaining 37% of them perform significantly
worse. Just to put that into perspective, if you
have a child in public school and you’re thinking of moving them to a charter, roll
a die and try to predict the number. The odds of you guessing correctly are the
odds of that school being better, about 1 in 6. Overall, nationwide, charter schools just
aren’t performing as well as public schools. Can you focus in on certain groups or states
to make the data say whatever you want? Sure, in fact let’s do that. Here’s 8th grade math in DC and Michigan…
and here are the reading scores. What the heck is going on in Michigan? Well, remember when I told you to remember
this? Depending on state law, these schools can
be started by parents, teachers, non-profit groups, corporations, or even government organizations. DC does not allow for-profit charter schools. Michigan on the other hand does, in fact 80%
of them are corporately-owned and run for-profit. Michigan is also the state Betsy DeVos is
from. So when our current Secretary of Education
pushes for school choice she’s pushing for the country to emulate the system she spearheaded
in Michigan. She even wants to take it a step further. Currently, nationwide, we spend about $10,000
per student per year in public schools, charter schools get about $7000, and private schools
have to charge tuition. Betsy DeVos wants to change that with School
Choice Vouchers, or SCVs…SCV Ready! No one actually abbreviates it I just wanted
to force that joke in. A school choice voucher would take that $10,000
of taxpayer money and attach it to the student, to go wherever they want. The money follows the student. Every child receives funding that their parents
can direct to the school of their choice – public, private, charter or even homeschool. Okay, we’re so not going to talk about homeschool. But private schools have been getting along
just fine with their tuition for centuries, they don’t need taxpayer money. This just seems to be a way to make rich schools
richer and poor schools poorer. Poorer? Is that a word? I dunno, I went to public school. There are also huge first amendment issues
with taxpayer funds going towards a religious private school… but let’s not get into
that. Teachers unions and other public school activists
argue that charter schools take money away from traditional public schools. Because they do. Since charter schools can’t grow the demand
for schools, this just means that both schools get less funding. And when you add profit into the mix, things
get even messier. A for-profit charter school will get $7000
per student, they might only spend $6000 of that and then pocket the rest. As you might have guessed, this system is
ripe for abuse. In fact, John Oliver did a segment a few years
ago talking about several of these abuse cases, where charter schools lied about attendance
or even their physical location to scam taxpayers. There are about 90,000 public schools in the
United States and only 7000 charter schools, for every three charter schools that open
in a year, two close. Whether for financial mismanagement, or low
enrollment, or low test scores. You might think this is just the free market
at work, but this isn’t a burger joint, if you have a bad burger, oh well, you’ll
have another meal in a few hours, you’ll get over it. But if you have a bad year in school, you’re
behind… maybe forever. Now, it’s not fair to only focus on the
failures of school choice. Even though they outnumber the successes two
to one. So if you’d like to see the other side of
this argument, head on over to curiositystream.com/knowingbetter. CuriosityStream is a subscription streaming
service that offers over 2000 documentaries and nonfiction titles from some of the world’s
best filmmakers that you can access across multiple platforms. I specifically recommend the series School
Inc, which presents the pro school choice argument in perhaps the most honest way I’ve
seen yet. Networks of charter schools in Louisiana are
actually performing slightly worse than independent charters. He even cites a study that you are now quite
familiar with and can look up yourself. According to the researchers at Stanford,
charter schools in Louisiana are outperforming traditional public schools, and that’s particularly
noticeable in New Orleans. The difference isn’t enormous, but it’s
good news. You can get access to their entire library
for as little as 2.99 a month, but if you head over to curiositystream.com/knowingbetter
and use the promo code knowingbetter, you get your first month completely free, you’ll
also be supporting the channel when you do. Privatizing public services has rarely ever
worked out for the taxpayer, we’ve looked at prisons, infrastructure, emergency services,
and now schools, and the story is the same every time. But every time, we seem to think this will
be the one where it works. You can only benefit from competition when
you’re able to increase demand, which you’re not able to do for schools and I would hope
you wouldn’t want to do for prisons. Though they seemed to find a way. So the next time a politician tells you that
this time it’ll work, I promise, hopefully now, you’ll know better. I’d like to give a shout out to my newest
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100 thoughts on “Privatizing Public Services | Prisons and Schools

  1. The cut around 15:04 was to remove half of the sentence that was pointed out to me as incorrect by one of the authors of the study. I'd rather have an awkward cut than a false statement in my video. Hope it wasn't too jarring – do check out the working paper yourself!

  2. Why is it a big deal if they use a POC family to represent a caption of wealthy families who send their kids to pvt school. They never claimed that most private school kids are black or brown.

  3. The public school system isn't broken it's infected with the cancer of Social Marxism. Just like the public and private Universities.

  4. You are confusing run like a business and run as a business.

    Running a prison as a business is asking for trouble.

    The same could be said for education if it didn't have the it's own "checks" like standardized testing scores and "customer satisfaction".

    There are many things that shouldn't be privatized but even then they should be run at the lowest possible level, preferably locally.

  5. Look I've been a proponent of Unions and competition in MOST FIELDS.The problem with the PUBLIC school system I feel lies in their UNIONS. The Unions have SO CORRUPTED the system ,as to allow teachers to remain on the payroll long after their allowed retirement age is reached. The PROBLEM with this, is SOME have long passed the days that they could actually teach. The teachers have TENURE which essentially means seniority, some are kept on the payroll and NOT even permitted to teach.It has become DIFFICULT if not IMPOSSIBLE for young BRIGHT teachers to get positions,"WITHOUT KNOWING SOMEONE". I feel in a position of teaching ,a teacher should be tested every so many years to bre sure they still have the mental capacity to teach.

  6. The prison populations have risen since the late 80s when the destruction of unions and middle class blue collar jobs began to vanish…..

  7. Wow. Just… Wow. So, hold on, the stuff starting in the early 2000's with the schools is causing the problems to some extent? Also, would you say standardization (at least forced) of the curriculum is limiting students from learning things that would actually benefit them such as how to handle taxes, take loans, deal with banks, learn self-control, basic law, etc? Also, what is your take on the radicalization/indoctrination culture in modern schools? How do we fix that?

  8. Its like why not fold under the privatized issue monetary trading system the 1913 world trade loons took over and return to the government issued monetary trading systems so they can take back responsibility for all the other government services a government is supposed to do for its people rather than taxing away my paycheck and taxing me off my property in the supposed free nation I'm supposed to be serving.

  9. Private institutions go out of business.

    Public institutions don’t.

    This is why my wonderful state of California has awful roads, schools, etc. that just keep getting worse.
    This is all happening while they crack down on charter schools and I get to hear from the parents I work with about how they are losing their schools.

    This is all while we keep using the same out-dated testing system that gives us our stats….

  10. I used to live in Germany. the health system there makes the NHS look like the stone age. It's not a great system, needs massive overhaul, but like the public education system, it's controlled by bureaucrats and the unions with no vested interest in systemic changes – eg technology that might improve service and waiting times, but also might mean the loss of jobs. Going private in some areas provides competition for the public monopoly. By the way British Rail was shit.

  11. "if you have a burger joint and another one opens up overall demand rises" yeah gonna need a citation on that one my man :')

  12. Like all privatization it depends how you incentivise these situations. Public sectors like prisons and education can be privatised for sure but you don't incentivise the prison for being full, you incentivise them for successfully rehabilitating prisoners and keeping the quality of their product (that thing that they should be producing, upstanding people.) higher than the bar. Also judges and law enforcement should not be linked with these prisons through kickbacks and donations. That's just stupid. Education would benefit and des if you have your kids in a private school. More is expected of them and they will achieve more. Trust me if you could take what you pay in property tax and use that to send you kids to a school where they will learn more about like than the lies of gender fluidity you would probebly do it. We send our kids to college and those places suck at actually educating and preparing people to be adults and get a good job.

    I know there are people here going, "that's impossible i'm poor and I can't pay to send my kid to school." but you can afford a brand new Iphone and unlimited data plan. If you own a home you already pay to send your kids to school. (A note for all of those out there looking to buy a home, 75% of your property tax is sending other people's kids to school.) Imagine taking that money and using it to give your kids , if you have some, an actual private education. If you are renting then take your phone bill and use that to send your kids to school. You don't need to be texting and playing candy crush all the damn time people. Save some money for a worthwhile thing, it will so much better I promise. It's so much better to learn to save money and not have to get the best shit. You don't need a 50: TV, you don't need a brand new car, you don't need an Iphone 11+Pro with extended warranty.

    Private educations are so much more worthwhile because you can actually fire people when they don't do their job. If your kid is slipping and your paying for his or her education, I bet you a million dollars that you are going to be far more involved in their education than you were before. Your kids will be getting better a better education, you will be more involved in their lives and when they build the next big dot com they can take care of you when you get old and grey. Or if your smart you will be saving for your retirement and not hoping to get social security because it aint gonna be there and is already unfunded.

  13. The die example given at 20:10 is really bad… The point of a charter school is to offer choice , so if parents are choosing not to do enough research and are sending their kids to schools that are worse than public education, it has nothing to do with luck.

  14. adding a second burger shop does not increase demand. it increases supply… the public school system is fubar. Pager u was right. there should be more private schools. public should be available, but as a last resort, not the norm.

  15. To cite firetrucks is to cite security companies. I take it in this manner: 'There should be enough competition, but just enough as to allow excellence to take root."
    There seems to be differing opinions on private schools, and curiosity stream is saying that it's worse, but getting better. Got John Stossel's citings on that, and a study on Indian private schools.
    Well, the world is getting better. Less people of that one kind.
    Obviously. Either anarchy or statism, from public and private. Why did I not expect that?

  16. Wow! Way to argue against privatized schools and not even elaborate on the subject of private schools. All you talked about were charters which receive government funding. Public schools are far more bureaucratized than private ones, THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE 4 VICE PRINCIPALS!!!. You don't get this problem with PRIVATE SCHOOLS, the cost of which would go down if we had more of them (but you didn't want to touch on that did ya?). It's not a problem when a PRIVATE school moves into your district because it doesn't take away funding from the public school. The charter school that moves in takes some funding but so what? All it's doing is splitting up subsidies that would be embezzled by the PUBLIC SCHOOLS 4 VPs anyways. I know cause I've seen it first-hand. I went to both public and private schools (never a charter) and while they all sucked in their own way, it was evident that the public schools were full of corruption and embezzlement scandals, all because of the lump sum grants of cash they receive from state and federal governments. PRIVATE SCHOOLS don't have any of the problems you described with CHARTER SCHOOLS AS YOUR SCAPEGOAT. Charter schools probably do suck irdk but you can't argue against privatized schools with your main argument centered around publicly funded charter schools. The school system will never improve until bootlickers like you realize we need to stop giving public schools so much damn funding and start taking some of it away gasps but nooo, gotta indoctrinate (I mean educate) everyone right?, even those who don't wanna learn…

  17. When I saw this video title I was thinking of public defense lawyers. they shouldn't get paid to do that. because they have no stakes or incentives. you see registry law is very lucrative and for access that entire trade is supposed to be doing criminal civil and non estate family law for free. but because they are being paid they deliver nothing. and no record is put on them that they loose all the time because the prosecutor is above them in a hierarchy. and they aren't punished for working against that record of victory provided they they make themselves worthless.

  18. This video is all wrong. Privatization of business is usually better than the government can ever do. I went to private and public schools and I can certainly tell you that yes, public school are garbage.

  19. There should be public schools, but the government should back off on curriculum. A Rogue State doesn't take your guns first. They take your books. It's called "indoctrination" and I'm not accusing of the US government of it. I'm just saying it's a valid concern.

    As for prisons, they are one of the few things I'll admit shouldn't be done in the free market. That being said, good God, do we need prison reform. It's just Daycare for the mental.

  20. I don't see the fundamentals that make public services better than private ones. What makes schools and prisons so different that they cannot benefit from? If a private prison system lobbies for 3 strike laws the people are ok with it. Matter of fact they helped every politician who pushed it. It's not like it was a secret.

    The race thing in public/private schools is an interesting thing. I've noticed lots of charter schools in poorer area's than wealthier ones which no doubt complicates the stats. This seems like a topic that required more nuance.

  21. Right, because rectifying the forceful allocation of my tax revenue from MAINE to kids in LOS ANGELES means I'm making "poor schools, poorer". What utter non-sense. School funding should be LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES & STATES.

  22. Gotta say, the whole idea of schools competing in the free market, opening and closing willy nilly, sounds…I don’t know, mildly traumatic? Like, imagine making friends at school, and then school shuts down and you have to move schools again. Idk, maybe it’s weird trauma of mine from my school experience (I was homeschooled, then had to adjust to public school, then had to adjust to another, MUCH bigger public school when I moved).

  23. You know I'm I'd live in Arkansas ole and something that you should actually know about students of Arkansas is that in a were already 5th best in mathematics in the Country

  24. When profit is above people. Everyone loses
    I went to public
    yet I didn't know many things I needed as an adult
    It just shows schooling in general is a joke

  25. I dunno man, countries like Japan have very strict laws and very low crime. I think it is unfair for someone to get held in a private prison longer, but jail is an easy thing to avoid people…There is a reason that, as states loosen sentences and let people out, crime goes up. I know lots of Parole officers and it is not like we have a lot of great people in prison that just had some bad luck…

  26. The problem with public education is laws have made it so that schools have to cater to the few, be it behavioral or special needs students. Classes are held hostage by a small population of students who should not be in the traditional classroom. Trust me on this one, I have taught in public education for over a decade.

  27. Sounds to me that, based on your video, the issue isn't private vs public but corporate influence + government intervention

  28. What asinine logic! "Crime is down so prison pop should be down" *derp *derp.

    How about this? "Crime is down BECAUSE prison pop is up." Study after study has already proven crime is committed at a pareto distribution with 90% of violent crimes being committed by the same 10% of criminals. 3 strikes works perfectly against the pareto distribution.

  29. Not enough looking at facts and relevant statistics.
    Too much throwing in irrelevant facts and statements without facts in order to influence opinion.
    Too much, "this is my opinion and here's why" accompanied by a lot of handwaving and distraction. I suggest you stick to the subject and get better educated about it.

  30. How can the sentence for rape or sexual assault be less than the sentence for a minor drug offence???!!!
    Privatization is almost always bad my public school experience was terrible but privatization is not the answer. Did you know that third grader reading scores determine how many prison beds to supply in the future. Seems awfully convenient make a profit off the child student now make a profit off the adult prisoner later.

  31. We should just make taxes voluntary. Let people decide if they want to pay into the government school system and send their kids there. Those that want to send their kids to religious schools, secular private schools or home school can opt-out of paying taxes so they can more easily afford to educate their children without government funds. It's not fair to demand that parents pay into the system and deny them the choice in how to educate their children unless they pay twice, for the public system and then the private school. It's not comparable to private prisons or military because the government shouldn't be jailing non-violent criminals or waging wars over-seas in the first place. Obviously having a for-profit sector lobbying for more money by providing these services is a bad idea. But the same thing happens with the police union and correctional officers unions, they lobby for things that are good for them and not what's good for the public. The teacher's union does the same thing, lobbying for the teachers, not the students. I would like to see more programs where people can put money into tax-free savings accounts and use them for education, of whomever, however they choose to educate. We also need to stop putting people in jail for not paying taxes. As well as stop taking their homes for failure to pay property taxes. These things are very unfair. We also need to recognize that this system of going to school based on your address is very strange globally, in other places you can choose which public school to go to. We have it this way so that students can be separated by class like our neighborhoods are. I don't understand why progressives never talk about this, but I guess they love government control more than the kids stuck in low class neighborhoods.

  32. We should just make taxes voluntary. Let people decide if they want to pay into the government school system and send their kids there. Those that want to send their kids to religious schools, secular private schools or home school can opt-out of paying taxes so they can more easily afford to educate their children without government funds. It's not fair to demand that parents pay into the system and deny them the choice in how to educate their children unless they pay twice, for the public system and then the private school. It's not comparable to private prisons or military because the government shouldn't be jailing non-violent criminals or waging wars over-seas in the first place. Obviously having a for-profit sector lobbying for more money by providing these services is a bad idea. But the same thing happens with the police union and correctional officers unions, they lobby for things that are good for them and not what's good for the public. The teacher's union does the same thing, lobbying for the teachers, not the students. I would like to see more programs where people can put money into tax-free savings accounts and use them for education, of whomever, however they choose to educate. We also need to stop putting people in jail for not paying taxes. As well as stop taking their homes for failure to pay property taxes. These things are very unfair. We also need to recognize that this system of going to school based on your address is very strange globally, in other places you can choose which public school to go to. We have it this way so that students can be separated by class like our neighborhoods are. I don't understand why progressives never talk about this, but I guess they love government control more than the kids stuck in low class neighborhoods.

  33. We should just make taxes voluntary. Let people decide if they want to pay into the government school system and send their kids there. Those that want to send their kids to religious schools, secular private schools or home school can opt-out of paying taxes so they can more easily afford to educate their children without government funds. It's not fair to demand that parents pay into the system and deny them the choice in how to educate their children unless they pay twice, for the public system and then the private school. It's not comparable to private prisons or military because the government shouldn't be jailing non-violent criminals or waging wars over-seas in the first place. Obviously having a for-profit sector lobbying for more money by providing these services is a bad idea. But the same thing happens with the police union and correctional officers unions, they lobby for things that are good for them and not what's good for the public. The teacher's union does the same thing, lobbying for the teachers, not the students. I would like to see more programs where people can put money into tax-free savings accounts and use them for education, of whomever, however they choose to educate. We also need to stop putting people in jail for not paying taxes. As well as stop taking their homes for failure to pay property taxes. These things are very unfair. We also need to recognize that this system of going to school based on your address is very strange globally, in other places you can choose which public school to go to. We have it this way so that students can be separated by class like our neighborhoods are. I don't understand why progressives never talk about this, but I guess they love government control more than the kids stuck in low class neighborhoods.

  34. I sent my child to a charter school and so far it's been a colossal mistake. We do not have a cafeteria or a bus system, we don't have a single bus yet we where promised one. Many parents including myself have now come to the conclusion that as long as parents are willing to pick up and drop off their children as well as travel to away games for athletics then the school will never get a bus. The reason for this is the same as having an enrollment lottery, to weed out the economically disadvantaged kids (poor kids). They also do a poor job communicating to parents about future opportunities, they sent out letters to "certain" families about the new athletic program. They admitted it and apologized claiming it was a mistake. Sure it was. It's very obvious they don't want certain students there.

  35. I am honestly surprised anyone takes PragerU seriously. I mean I could tell from the first moment I put on one of their videos that they were a political think tank and were more about spin than facts. Also, in Australia we fund private schools, including religious schools, and it's shocking

  36. The public school system is not broken everywhere. My daughter went on to Harvard out of Maine public schools. Many of her classmates also went to top schools. My other daughter studied at a good college. The school system has great art music and sport programs with lots of parent involvement. There are many good school systems in the country.

  37. you have the public option and then you have the private option the private option everyone still pays into the public option but for anyone who can afford the private option and want it they can take it.privatizing all schools would be a bad idea but making it illegal is a bad idea.

  38. The strongest lobby by far is the teachers union which is not private and has your pub schools held hostage. They are brainwashing our kids and preventing charter schools from creating competition and a system NOT in their corrupt claws. Poor Black kids in Harlem were getting a far far far better education with charter schools at no additional cost to public schools. Both were covered by the same or less tax dollars in the case of the charter schools and no added cost to the kids or parents. They were giving those kids a chance to get out of a cycle of ignorance and despair. The teaches union shut them down and now those kids are back in the perpetual Democrat voting Hell many were destined to break free of. In NYC a charter school shared half a building with a public school. They got rid of the charter school because it was making their crap school look bad with the parents of their crap school. The demand to get into the charter school was off the charts. Look. The poor vote Democrat at a very high % as do Blacks. Why the F would any Demonrat politician want to shoot themselves in the foot by helping the poor get a great education and becoming successful and prosperous ? As a side note one of the hacked Hitlary Clinton emails shows her saying "I prefer an ignorant electorate." Fat and happy in their government check ignorance and voting blue is the rest of that thought. Try using your head, just once. My point is if you think that a public prison system would not have a ton of money in support of locking people up then look at the schools for the answer. YES ! To top it off we would be paying far more per day per prisoner. Common sense. Oh and BTW private business cannot do any harm legally without a politician changing the rules. The key is to kill the corruption, not to go after the business. No corruption, no problem from any private business. Go after the business and you just get another business a week later. Hugely punish the corrupt in government and the next guy flies straight. Outlaw all public sector unions and a butt load of problems will be solved for all. There was never a need for public unions because public employees were not ever treated like private employees !

  39. Thank you Democrap Party and Bill Clinton. What party do you support ? The one that just did prison reform and continues to do so or the one that caused the problems that are being fixed ? I vote for the party that never owned a slave, never made a racist law or policy, never was a member of the KKK and was the party of the whites that hanged next to the lynched blacks. One third of those lynched and hanged were White and 100% of those whites were Republican. The first of many to shortly follow Blacks in the US senate was in 1871. The first Black US senator that was Democrat was in 1993 or 1995. I forget which. I wonder why that is. All racist laws from 190 years ago til today and continuing on have come from the Democrat party. Why don't you know this ? The education and entertainment as well as the Major news outlets contain a fiction that is universal to all of them and has been for at least 40 years. Oh and bring up 'The big Switch' and then imagine if the Democrat Party and the republicans both traded their beliefs and the resulting changes. Would most if not all of the voters swap parties too ? I damned sure would. Did this ever happen ? Absolutely no fking way, that is absurd and that is what the left teaches in their Hitler Youth camps we call public schools…yes Hitler was a left wing socialist. He has also a Vegan that instituted a butt load of welfare programs for the poor and ground breaking laws to protect the environment and the first nation to create animal rights laws. The Nazis were collectivists that hated capitalism and religion. Just because a leader says they are for the poor and for the environment does not mean that they are honest or that they are not evil. Are you aware of the fact that the left condones genocide ? Of whites of course. They allow serious lectures about white genocide in Universities. Imagine any other race being the topic. Did Hitler condone a genocide by chance ? No way, right ?
    The Democrat party support Blacks, Hispanics, LBGT++, etc right ? Not even close. Only those in those groups that vote for them. That is NOT a support for the 'oppressed'. That is just support for Democrats. Hardly a lofty thing at all, just a greedy and selfish thing. Every party supports those who vote for them. This is not a new or virtuous thing. Do they actually help the minorities they claim to help ? All inner cities are 100% run by Democrats. How have they been doing ? Staying the same, getting better or dying a slow death and voting Democrap?

  40. I had the benefit of bouncing around from one school to another every few years, sometimes public sometimes private and can say it varies a lot case by case.
    but what makes the biggest difference is dedication of the teacher. Sometimes the best teachers I had were at the worst schools,

  41. Wrong ! Privatize at least half as many schools that exist at first and let them compete with public schools with the same budget. May the best educators win. This is a straw man video that assumes the argument is to replace all at once and never look back. Dishonest bull crap. Charter schools in Harlem were giving poor Blacks a much better education than the public schools and the left and the teachers union were embarrassed, so they shut down the superior education that the poor blacks were receiving showing that the left has never actually cared about the poor blacks they need them to vote Democrap. If Blacks are harmed they control the media so who is really gonna find out that the left really don't care about anything but power and money?

  42. Just because something is privatized doesnt automatically mean that it will immediately gain the advantages of the free market. That obviously take time, but more importantly, the rules and contracts they operate under are still written by politicians. Politicians which typically have an incentive for them to fail so they can renationalize.

  43. Funny that New Orleans gets mentioned so much. I have attended numerous schools in the area during my life, including private, public & religious ones from Kindergarten through college. All of them would disappoint me in one way or another.

    In the end, it is up to the student to pursue knowledge on their own. All the teacher is supposed to do is provide information on a subject and show you how to get more.

  44. Your ambulance example is total bullshit! I was picked up by the city fire department ambulance and was charged about $1,500 and was moved about 3 miles. That hospital could not help me do to how bad I was hurt. So I was put into a privet ambulance and moved about 35 miles to a major hospital and I was charged about the same amount. The city fire department ambulance just said I owed the money with no explanation of how they came up with that number. The privet ambulances service company bill showed me a total brake down of what I was charged for and why.

  45. You slide rather quickly past that 67% growth in administration with a snarky quip about vice principals. That is the public sector in a nutshell.

  46. Oklahoma City public schools absolutely suck! I wish I didn't have to send my kids to private school, but I'm left with little choice if I want my kids to excell in life.

  47. Better or worse? I don’t care.
    I don’t want my kid sitting through dancing drag queen class.
    I don’t want them being forced down a political path.

  48. I'm an American who lived in the UK for a while as a legal alien….yep, had a little international green card. NHS was really great……If every American could experience how much better their system is than our mess, we could easily change over.

  49. Allowing private schools to compete with public schools is akin to allowing a private police force to compete with the government police force

  50. public schools and community colleges are not as bad as the media portrayed it to be, but if people prefer to to these low cost education. The ivies of the world will most likely go bankrupt.

  51. Smarmy communists like this guy always think by skewing data with a know-it-all attitude
    that it will cause the rest of the sheeple to usher in socialism. The real fact is, in regards to
    schools, is that they absolutely provide a better overall learning capacity than public schools
    do for disadvantaged students in poor communities. This has been proven over and over again.
    And, while this growing private (notice this guy never brought them up) and charter school movement
    does have its lobby, it's nowhere near as bad as the teachers unions that allow shitty and dangerous
    teachers to have tenure and to essentially leave classes practically unsupervised where kids remain
    illiterate. This is especially the case in inner cities. Second, when someone is telling you that giving
    vouchers to parents to be used anywhere they choose is a bad thing, then you seriously have to consider
    his motive of growing the public sector and ending capitalism as we know it. Lastly, the government has
    had complete control of the public school system, and we have some of the worst performing schools
    in the western world. This is irrefutable without even having to see 'data' because you can see how dumb
    kids are today, and by kids (kids were all under 17 when I was one btw) I mean all the way up to 25 yrs old.
    In closing, if we want to improve and enjoy true and pure capitalism, why not start by taking the crony out
    of it. Then, reducing the amount of socialism we have in this country would allow for the fittest in our society
    to thrive, while allowing the unfit to parish. That's how evolution works. It's done well for millions of years and
    functions in nature that way. Humans are NOT exempt from Natural Selection. Take note liberals:)

  52. You should also discuss how public sector unions (like prison guard unions) help create this positive feedback loop of mass-incarceration and prison spending.

  53. I was part of the school's that had no child left behind and it was a nightmare. Kids didnt care and they couldn't get them out of class. Not to mention students cant leave schools with bad teachers. When it comes to the cost of education we have the lion's share of costs. Japan is second but does it for 30% less according to the UN education branch that tracks these costs. I couldn't go to another school even though I had a learning problem that was better suited for it and had to get private schooling. Sorry but public school is broken and actually over funded for the result.

  54. My high school, Little Cypress-Mauriceville (LC ISD)was a closed district school, meaning you had to live within the boundaries set by the school, board of ed, and agreed upon by the city. Then you could attend that school. It was also a merger of two schools at the high school level; Mauriceville had its own elementary and middle school, but could not afford a high school. So contracts were signed, the borders made larger, and LC ISD took them in. So in a way, I suppose my high school was “selectively private”, but not privatized in the way described in this video.

    But thank goodness it was what it was; my high school had much better numbers scholastically than it’s open district counterpart, West Orange ISD.

  55. 10:40 – The teacher population was so broken by my senior year; half of my teachers were not officially certified, as they themselves were still in college.

  56. private prisons are a terrible idea but everything I've ever heard about public vs private schools tells me private schools are way better than public if you have access. if you privatize schooling though then you have to do away with mandatory attendance or you have the same issue as mandatory minimums

  57. 2:30 or could it be that keeping people in prison longer especially repeat offenders is decreasing crime as most crimes are committed by repeat offenders. 80-20 Pareto Principle and all.

  58. 70% chance that you're white if you sent your children to a private school?
    That means 30% chance that you're not white. 3 out of 10. They're not unicorns. 3 out of 10 is not a majority, but it's not a rare occurrence either.
    As for white kids losing in the school choice system, did anybody try to ask why?
    I have a hypothesis that wasn't tested, if somebody has a data that confirms or contradicts this, feel free to cite your source.
    I'm also not from the US, so the ultimate idea might not stack well against the reality of your schools.
    Here it is:
    Black and Hispanic students have a higher chance of coming from a poor background, compared to white, who are from middle class.
    Asians however are less impoverished than any other demographic in the US, but they also may not always be around English speaking people enough to do as good in reading as white people. You know, being immigrants or living in enclaves.
    In my country there are extra classes in schools for students who are doing poorly to help them catch up. But teachers' time is limited.
    If you're from a poor background you're likely to need help to catch up with everything, if you're from a middle class immigrant background you're likely to need some help with reading, but not so much with math. And finally: if you're from a middle class non-immigrant background you're likely to receive less attention in the attempts of the teachers to help other students.

  59. There's a problem with your logic here. I'm not endorsing the privatization of prisons, but once those private prisons were able to promote legislation to the benefit of their own business, they were no longer operating within the constraints of a free market. So it's not really a problem with the private entity. The problem is with the private entity being given an advantage in the market through state gov't power.

    When you have private entities controlled and directed by state gov't power you have something closer to a practical example of fascism rather than free market capitalistic privatization. So you're indirectly saying that free markets aren't the solution their advocates say they are, but you're actually lobbying a complaint against a different economic system. There seems to be two likely explanations here. You're either unaware of your mistake or you're being overtly disingenuous.

  60. Lemme guess… you went to public schools. Lol

    You've justified public schools with a consensus fallacy, but ignore the overwhelming consensus among the poor and minorities for access to school choice. A more sincere investigation into public schools reveals that they have always been a necessary precondition for indoctrinating people into grosser phases of nationalism to the avail of pointless war. You also fail to point out that while we are among the wealthiest nations in the world we are doing VERY POORLY on all objective standards of education internationally.

    Your analogy with the random dice roll reveals to me that you are in fact disingenuous as this analogy must presuppose that parents are choosing charter schools AT RANDOM. You're a liberal progressive slightly more discriminating than the average. Your preference for public school INDOCTRINATION makes you a war-mongering, anti-white buffoon. You sealed the deal on this one when you referred to the list of potential options for school choice most of which were not for-profit but then insidiously suggested that school choice would make poor schools poorer and rich schools richer.

    The state has no feedback mechanism to know whether or not any economic decision it makes was in fact rational. Moreover the gov't has an outstanding record for being thoroughly corrupt. Sure, private schools can be corrupt, but what happens to those schools? They fail because they have repercussions for their actions. What recourse is there if the gov't fails to provide my child a genuine education? None. Is the gov't even incentivized to provide a holistic education or is the gov't incentivized to provide an education that will make students good for it's own hierarchy? This isn't mere conjecture, a study into the nature of systems reveals the latter to be the case absolutely.

    The state CANNOT provide effective education.

  61. Hi, not everyone is American. Private schools perform better everywhere else. Perhaps that’s something the US could get behind? I haven’t found PragerU sources lacking, but I’ll keep an eye out for it in the future.

  62. I went to a charter school for the majority of my education and regret it immensely. The teachers were incouraged to lower the class average so that the mentally challenged students could follow along as well, but we were learning at the same level of third graders in fourth grade. I only did as well as i did once i changed schools because i essentially homeschooled at the same time. The second charter school i went to was definitely better but still was only on par with the public school in the same town, which was ranked low on school performance. Charter schools aren't always a good solution so i recommend looking at the statistics for the particular school you're considering for your children before choosing a charter over a public institution.

  63. Im not a criminal. I do not know any criminals. But it seems alot of people, that never even talked to "criminals". Decide ALL the laws about criminals.

  64. Pretending that private schools aren’t light years ahead of public schools is a joke. Remember kids, everything the govt. touches turns to shit.

  65. This has been part of the problem with Military supply and sustainment. Because a series of idiot officers with Business degrees decided logistics would work better if it worked like a capitalized corporation (and reflected the values they were taught in college), supply organisms like the USPFO today eat through cash at unthinkable rates with hideously poor cost effectiveness. More gets spent on the management of money than on what the money was meant to buy. Some famous sayings from the Logistics world today:
    "You ain't never seen an agency more eager to spend a Dollar to save a Dime"
    "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing in triplicate"
    "Those who shred history are doomed to repeat it"
    "I file everything, therefore I know nothing"

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