Freedom And School Choice In American Education

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

EditorG. Forster, C. Thompson

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Leading intellectual figures in the school reform movement, all of them favoring approaches centered around the value of competition and choice, outline different visions for the goal of choice-oriented educational reform and the best means for achieving it. This volume takes the reader inside the movement to empower parents with choice, airing the more interesting debates that the reformers have with one another over the direction and strategy of their movement.

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Leading intellectual figures in the school reform movement, all of them favoring approaches centered around the value of competition and choice, outline different visions for the goal of choice-oriented educational reform and the best means for achieving it. This volume takes the reader inside the movement to empower parents with choic...

Greg Forster is a Senior Fellow at the Kern Family Foundation and former Director of Research at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. C. Bradley Thompson is BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Big Rock Candy Mountain of Education--Jay P. Greene * On the Way to School: Why and How to Make a Market in Education--Andrew Coulson * The Design of School Choice Programs: A Systems Approach--George A. Clowes * Private Choice as a Progressive Disruptive Technology--Matthew Ladner * Unbounded Liberty, and Even Caprice: Why “School Choice” Is Dangerous to Education--Sheldon Richman * Revolution at the Grassroots in Developing Countries: Implications for School Choice in America--Pauline Dixon and James Tooley * Is There a “Right” to Education?--C. Bradley Thompson * Universal Choice or Bust!--Greg Forster        

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“The public schools are the largest monopoly in the nation, and they have not served our children well. Is there another sphere in which choice and competition has been a matter of such misguided contention? This superb collection of essays asks that timely and vital question with force and clarity. It's a must-read for serious educators.” --Abigail Thernstrom, Vice-chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute