Sunday, June 12, 2005

Milton Friedman on Vouchers

Milton Friedman reviews the beginnings of his analysis of the government run schools in the US. He noted in 1955 that there may be justification for government schools for ensuring that all children receive schooling and that schools are funded: there is little to suggest that government should be involved in administration ....
"the actual administration of educational institutions by the government, the 'nationalization,' as it were, of the bulk of the 'education industry' is much more difficult to justify on [free market] or, so far as I can see, on any other grounds."
Now, he notes, there is increasing evidence that vouchers are beginning to catch on with the public, disatisfied with the poor performance and high cost of public education.

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