Shan Gao, Huangdi Yuan

Some folks believe that we can't possibly have liberty unless we somehow push a button and make all governments vanish. But why limit our imagination to those stifled and over-governed experiences which most of us in "developed" countries have inured ourselves? Of the seven billion people on this earth, perhaps five billion live in places… Continue reading Shan Gao, Huangdi Yuan

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When Principles Should Trump Economics

Any proper economic analysis of coercion should at least make an honest effort to count the cost to the victim of being coerced. For example, the coercive practice of compulsory education is so customary now that few ever think about the economic consequences; many do not even consider it a deprivation of the child's liberty;… Continue reading When Principles Should Trump Economics

Educating the Poor

Many people claim that government must educate, because otherwise the poor would not be able to afford education for their children. The only problem with this theory is the facts. There can hardy be any educator in America who is unfamiliar with the "achievement gap." No informed educator should be ignorant of the colossal failures… Continue reading Educating the Poor

Educational Freedom – a Disclaimer

I post often about home education, and will continue to do so. Some folks wonder if I am claiming that home education is the solution for everybody. Far from the case. I'm pretty sure I've written more than a few posts about free-market education. Click on "tooley" and/or "sudbury" in the tag cloud, for example,… Continue reading Educational Freedom – a Disclaimer

Are There Enough Teachers?

Critic: How would everyone going to private schools scale? If there are enough teachers for government schools, are there not enough for replacement schools? Is it being claimed that governments hire lots of incompetent teachers, and the pool of competent teachers would be much smaller? James Tooley's real-world research in many developing countries discovered that… Continue reading Are There Enough Teachers?

Why Schools Fail: The Economic Calculation Problem

Why has researcher Larry Cuban concluded that more than a century of constant reform has led to effectively no change? Why are government schools so resistant to fundamental change? While Larry Cuban and Richard Elmore and other educational researchers use their considerable knowledge and expertise to explore the myriad details of educational institutions themselves, I… Continue reading Why Schools Fail: The Economic Calculation Problem