I'm not knocking what you're trying to convey, but I just wanted to say that perhaps using the American public education as an example wasn't necessarily a correct choice. True, public education is prvoided from elementary through high school levels in the United States, but the quality of the curriculums and materials tends to range from average to sub par.
I'm not against the public school system; in fact, I hope it will continue on. Ending the public school system after such reform was put into bettering it during the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries would simply be a waste. All I'm saying is that the learning materials seriously need re-evaluation, which is odd, considering that quite a sizeable chunk of tax money in the United States goes to education. I would have thought that that amount of money would have solved the problem, but that just might be me being naïve.
As for college social programs, the United States actually did come close to having that at one point in history. The sixth president of the United States, John Quincey Adams, had wanted to create a national university in the United States, but the plan, sadly, never came to fruition.
Your view of the education in Europe is a bit rose-tinted, like a lot of American liberals tend to have...
For example, I live in a country in Europe. And we do have "free education", as in you don't have to pay tuition, but most schools still require you to buy your own study material, and such things. People still take student loans, they may not always be as big as the ones in the US, but there are still some people who end up in financial trouble after failing to find work after school and being unable to pay off their loans.
Just a thought: How about explain 'socialism' in the following manner?
Greetings, Mr. Repub! It appeals that you would like for me to explain what 'socialism' is. I am not going to overwhelm you with convoluted politico-economic words. Well, sir ...... your ass-cheeks belong to the government (nominally as representing public interests) and they will be distributed under government control. If you cause disruptive behavior, the government will savagely spank your ass-cheeks until they become as blushed as a pair of ripe tomatoes.
Hehe! Think of it this way. Over the years, Mr. Repub has been behaving, for all practical purposes, just like a spammer or a troll. So, might as well take his rants at their face value and respond to him accordingly.
Explaining socialism to Republicans amounts to beating a dead horse. I would even go further and say that this amounts to beating three dead horses -- anything that goes against WIMIM & WIYIN capitalism is labeled as 'socialism', they still are having 'red scare' hangover, plus they do not even practice free-market capitalism.
WIMIM = What is mine is mine. WIYIN = What is yours is negotiable.