I agree with Utah state Sen. Aaron Osmond’s assertion that over the last 150 years government has used compulsory school attendance laws to inappropriately usurp much of the parents’ responsibility and authority for educating their children. But while I believe this educational responsibility should be restored to parents, I also[Read More…]
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What if school choice included choosing no school at all?
Editor’s note: Utah state Sen. Aaron Osmond raised eyebrows and sparked debate last month with a provocative post on the senate blog that called for ending compulsory education and, essentially, expanding school choice options to include no school at all. The post drew coverage from Fox News to the Huffington[Read More…]
Regulating school vouchers
The gurus of school choice have often shuddered at the word “regulation.” On occasion this instinctive hostility has been tactically justified. Viewed objectively, however, it is meaningless – even self-contradictory. And too often has it driven fair-minded listeners from the civic conversation about the ideal structure of this very necessary[Read More…]
Time for broader debate on school choice
Much has been written on school vouchers that assumes they are primarily about economic efficiency and increasing the private sector’s role in education – a notion of educational choice that is widespread, understandable … and grossly incomplete. Fifty years ago, the 18th Century idea of subsidized parental choice was reintroduced[Read More…]