Government Schooling vs. Freedom

Yesterday, I posted a blog entry responding to an interview with historian Diane Ravitch in which she criticized “privatization” and asserted that “deregulation nearly destroyed our economy in the past decade.” My response was directed at Prof. Ravitch, but touches on a bigger issue with which all people in the education debate need to grapple: How much should the school choice debate be centered not around test scores or financial costs – though those are obviously very important considerations – but on the role and structure of education in a free society? Can we not trust free people to make their own education decisions? If not, how can our system of education be compatible with a nation firmly rooted in individual liberty?

That is a debate I think we desperately need to have – it is fundamental for a free society – and I hope others will join in.