Saturday, March 22, 2008

Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System - Andrew Young and Walter Block - Mises Institute

Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System - Andrew Young and Walter Block - Mises Institute

"Despite virtually omnipresent dogma, there is no simple explanation as to why government provision of primary education must be substituted for private alternatives."

"…but in order to justify state provision it must be shown that state provision indeed provides a more egalitarian and higher quality education to all."

"There is no automatic feedback mechanism encouraging government hirelings to design productive, cost-effective schooling which fits the distinct tastes of their 'customers.'"

"Governments can still control the flow of ideas without controlling the mass media if they control the education system."

Conclusion

All the arguments in favor of a public provision of primary education prove to be unfounded and/or incorrect. The failure of the state to provide a high quality service to all (its explicit goal) has rendered public primary education illegitimate; and the immeasurable waste of resources and rejection of consumer desires has left public education borderline immoral. As well, if an educated citizenry is to be considered necessary for the operation of the republican government, then it is an inexcusable conflict of interest when elected officials are the ones in charge of providing that education. Furthermore, the argument of externalities and nonexcludability fails to buttress the case for socialist education. The only ethical, reasonable system for the provision of primary education is the free market.

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