Editor: In 1982, it cost $1 / minute to call from the United States to Europe—$2.4 in today’s money.
In 2017, it is about 20 cents or free if you skype.
Did the government make it possible? Ha-ha. Competition doing its magic. Back then it was one company only and they operated in their comfort zone — why innovate if they were protected from competition?
Loudoun County public schools are no different; they are very expensive because they are run under the structure of government monopoly and negative “incentives”—and produce crappy scores.
These schools should be voucherized and put parents and students in charge; it will stop the whole system from “walking dead.” Competition for students, actual recognition of teaching talents, getting rid of deadwood and stopping its demoralizing impacts would work like a miracle. Even if same results, schools would be much cheaper.
Local government would set standards but not run—governments are terrible at running anything (Washington Metro anyone?).
Having “public schools” makes as much sense as having “public church” in Loudoun County.
Why is this complicated to understand?
Matt Chwalowski, Leesburg