Public Schools, Education, and Vouchers.
Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.
Last updated 10/25/07.
Libertarians generally adopt anti-public school rhetoric, and
recommend vouchers as a first step towards elimination of
Educational Vouchers: Effectiveness, Choice, And Costs
Henry M. Levin's 1997 American Economics Association presentation,
which examines real-world evidence on vouchers. A must-read for
those who oppose voucher programs and wish to debunk pro-voucher
Educational Reform in an Era of Disinformation
David Berliner's February 1993 article from
Education Policy Analysis Archives.
A FAQ detailing the false claims about declining performance of
American students, and the false attributions of "cause".
Are U.S. Students Behind?
Gerald Bracey's March 1998 article from
The American Prospect.
Examines results of international comparisons, refuting the notion that
our educational system is "broken".
The Myth Of Public School Failure
Richard Rothstein's Spring 1993 article from
The American Prospect.
Skillfully rebuts the anti public school propaganda which
libertarians are so fond of parroting in their general attack
on the validity of government.
The Way We Were?
Debunking the Myth of America's Declining Schools
A Brookings Institute book by Richard Rothstein that corrects
statistical and anecdotal misperceptions of public school performance.
The Case Against Vouchers
Some excellent answers from the
Separation Of Church And State Home Page.
The Right's Wrongs on Education and Savings
A Robert Kuttner editorial pointing out how those who beat us in
international tests violate right wing prescriptions.
AFT Voucher Home Page
The American Federation Of Teachers
is of course interested in this issue, and keeps many up-to-the-minute
reviews of research and arguments available.
Wrong for All the Right Reasons: Privatizing The Public Schools
Wrong for All the Right Reasons
presents a big picture of public school privatization and shows how
the example of post-secondary trade schools should deter us.
The Market Is Not The Answer
Jonathan Kozol, author of
explains that "monopoly" is not the problem: it is a scapegoat for
the inequalities between public school systems. From
Lessons Of Chile's Voucher Reform Movement
Professor Martin Camoy of Stanford points out that real voucher
reforms have failed to improve test scores, and have widened the
gap between privileged and underprivileged. From
Voucher Veneer: The Deeper Agenda to Privatize Public Education
People For The American Way
details how vouchers are a program for the elimination of public
schooling, and who would be affected.
Human Capital Theory And Education Policy In Australia
John Quiggan's academic paper that explains why high public spending on
education is economically sensible. Technical.
The links here are to
Amazon.com, through their associates program, primarily because of the
review information. Books without links are generally out of print,
and can often be easily found at
AddAll Used and Out Of Print Search.
Good sites for bargain shopping for sometimes expensive new books are
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Both of those list applicable coupons. Another is
David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle
"The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools"
Rebuts propaganda against public schools recited by libertarians.
Copyright 2007 by Mike Huben ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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