School Isn’t Uber And Never Should Be
Shanna Peeples

>School Isn’t Uber And Never Should Be

That’s not your decision to make. That’s for the parents to decide.

When Uber first entered major cities and provided meaningful competition against the privileged taxi commissions and their million-dollar medallion requirements for their drivers, taxi commissions cried, “Taxi rides aren’t smartphones and never should be! We should be the only ones permitted to offer rides to people. No, of course, it has nothing to do with self-interest (God forbid!). It’s for the People!”

I cannot think of a single example of a privileged industry (i.e., an industry removed from the necessity to innovate regularly and price rationally because the local, state, or federal government has granted them monopolistic control over the choices exercised by its consumers) that hasn’t believed sincerely that “there are good, sound reasons” for excluding competition and the innovation it necessarily generates, and for retaining a monopoly over its particular customer base.

Taxi commissions and teachers’ unions have that in common. It’s called “protecting one’s turf” and then denying it has anything to do with self-interest: “It’s for the sake of the vulnerable passengers!”; “It’s for the sake of the vulnerable students!”

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