Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring David Salisbury, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Charles Glenn, Professor of Education, Administration, Training, and Policy Studies, Boston University; and James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle, England
Parents in many other countries enjoy more freedom of choice in education than Americans do. In Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and the Netherlands, parents can choose private, even religious, schools without incurring any financial penalty. School choice policies in those countries offer some surprising lessons for America. Although there is more choice, increased regulations in some countries have decreased the independence and autonomy of private schools.
This conference will examine school choice policies around the world and seek to draw out critical lessons for the school choice movement in America. A select group of international scholars will examine to what degree school choice policies have increased government control or encouraged competitive, free, and thriving education markets.