School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom
(Cato Institute, 2020)
Featuring Patrick Wolf (@P_Diddy_Wolf), Contributor, Professor, and 21st Century Chair in School Choice, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas; Tim Keller, Contributor and Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice; Inez Feltscher Stepman, (@InezFeltscher) Contributor and Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum; Ben Scafidi, Contributor, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University; and Corey DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey), Co‐editor and Director of School Choice, Reason Foundation; moderated by Neal McCluskey (@NealMcCluskey), Co‐editor and Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
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School choice has grown a lot since 1990—from zero kids taking public education funds to private schools to over a half million doing so—but progress has been slow. One reason: a constant drumbeat of myths, including that choice cripples public schools, undermines democracy, and leaves poor kids behind. In the new Cato book School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom, top scholars dispel 12 of the most pernicious myths. The book will be officially released on October 7, and several contributors will be available to respond to your questions and comments.
Think about the biggest myths you’d like the contributors to address, and send them our way now using #CatoCEF or on various platforms during the event.
So many myths stand in the way of expanding educational freedom to all Americans: choice drains money from public schools; choice segregates; choice undermines democracy; and so on. In School Choice Myths, editors Corey A. DeAngelis and Neal P. McCluskey bring clear logic and overwhelming evidence to bear against all the major anti school‐choice myths, giving readers what they need to see though them and understand how even well‐intentioned people can be deceived. This book is a one‐stop guide to everything from the latest research on the effects of school choice on civic engagement to Supreme Court precedent. It is a must‐have for any combatant in the school choice wars, or anyone who just wants the best education for their children.
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