Book Forum

What America Can Learn from School Choice in Other Countries

(Cato Institute, 2005)

July 21, 2005 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT


Featuring Lewis Andrews, Yankee Institute for Public Policy; Andrew Coulson, Mackinac Center; John Merrifield, University of Texas— San Antonio; with comments by Patrick Wolf, Georgetown University; and moderated by David Salisbury, Cato Institute

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Its opponents like to portray school choice as a radical and untested gamble with our children’s futures. They might be surprised, however, to learn that school choice is an established reality in other countries. Chile, Sweden, and the Netherlands are among several countries that allow parents freedom to choose the kind of school that is best for their own children. In a new Cato book, scholars examine other countries’ experiences with school choice and draw out the critical lessons for America. Please join us for a discussion of the book with several of the contributors. Patrick Wolf, author of Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice, will offer additional insights and observations about school choice policies in other countries.