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The obvious one that everybody knows is universal health care. Another would be to lessen the inequality of education by removing the link between place of residence and school, making schools open to everybody in a broader region with competitive entrance exams. That would still leave the better off with an advantage but it would at least allow the poor some access to good quality education and help make the housing market a bit less insane.
by MarekNYC on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 04:01:39 AM EST
No, you have to have uniformly good education so the poor don't have to travel long distances to go to a good school. The issue is not access to the best schools, the issue is why it should matter so much which school you go to.

And great savings in time and money would follow from the ability to attend primary and secondary school of adequate quality within walking distance of one's own home.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 07:58:32 AM EST
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In an ideal world that would be true. However, considering that schools are primarily financed locally by property taxes in the US things get difficult. Also I believe that a bit of class integration wouldn't be a bad idea. Transport would not be a big deal in densely populated areas though it would create serious problems in rural ones.

The idea that I am suggesting is one which exists in Poland and has traditionally worked quite well in the cities though it has begun to break down over the past few years as top urban public schools increasingly choose to segregate the poor from other students, putting them on a different schedule.

by MarekNYC on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 02:12:00 PM EST
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But I think it's necessary to understand how the US finances its educational system. I don't think the differences of how the US does it and how it's done in European countries are very well known. Or may be, it's just me who doesn't know. I would love to have someone explain and compare it who knows.
by mimi on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 07:12:27 PM EST
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