Education

Why Not a Free Market in Education?

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Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is a smart man. Such being the case, why isn’t he able to recognize the real solution to the woes of public schooling? Gates recently published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which he stated, “Our high schools are obsolete. By obsolete, ... [click for more]

National Wealth Tax to Fund Education?

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Like all socialist enterprises, “public education” in the United States is very high in cost and very low in positive results. While some students graduate from public schools with sharp intellectual skills (often owing more to their home environment than to their school instruction), many others drift aimlessly ... [click for more]

What’s Wrong with Public Schools?

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Separating School & State: How to Liberate Americas Families (1994) by Sheldon Richman. Its time to admit that pubic education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybodys role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. Its ... [click for more]

Liberate Us from the Educators

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The state’s monopoly on education is perhaps the worst thing that has ever happened to children in America. From the earliest days of the republic, education was provided by parents, churches, and local communities. The first proposals for state-supported schools were merely calls to address an absence of ... [click for more]

Government Can’t Run Schools Like Businesses

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What this all boils down to is, are we trying to raise sheep — timid, docile, easily driven or led — or free men? If what we want is sheep, our schools are perfect as they are. If what we want is free men, we’d better start making some big changes. — John Holt, The Underachieving School Just ... [click for more]

The Great Voucher Fraud

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The mantra of “school choice” is repeated endlessly by proponents of educational vouchers, and is getting louder. But does an income-transfer program cease to be an income-transfer program just because it is recommended by conservatives, libertarians, a Republican president, and free-market economists? Advocates of educational reform are agreed on one thing: the doleful condition of the public school system. But ... [click for more]

State-Run Schools: The New Caesaropapism

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After two and a half years of the so-called war on terror, it is disturbingly clear that the attacks of 9/11 were the result of an immoral U.S. foreign policy and that the government’s inability to prevent the attacks represents a massive and inexcusable failure. Nonetheless, faith in government reached epidemic levels in the aftermath of 9/11. Instead of wholesale ... [click for more]

Spotsy High a Prison

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How can we speak of democracy or freedom when from the very beginning of life we mold the child to undergo tyranny, to obey a dictator? … How can we expect them, when school-life is finished, to accept and use the rights of freedom? — Maria Montessori, Education for a New World Two Spotsylvania High School students have been very ... [click for more]

Drugs and Schooling: The Meaning of State Education

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When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already.” —Adolf Hitler What do government schooling and the mislabeled “war on drugs” have in common? Both are primary mechanisms of social engineering, each designed to subordinate ... [click for more]

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got it Wrong, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 The opposing view to the “pro” home-schooling position taken by USA Today in their September 3 “Today’s Debate,” was written by Dennis L. Evans, director of doctoral programs in education leadership at the University of California, Irvine, who came out swinging. Writing under the heading “Home is no place for school,” Evans stated, “Home schooling ... [click for more]
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