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  • Milton Friedman on School Choice

    Milton Friedman spent his adult life advocating for choice and competition in a free market system. Schools were no different. In this video Milt advocates the use of School Vouchers because he assumes that

    competition is a way in which both public and private schools can be required to satisfy their customers.

    Why does he assume that? Because, as he states at the end of the video, “Competition is better than monopoly.”

    Proponents of state monopolies have great sway over the Obama administration and the leftist majorities in Congress. They worked hard in 2009 just about killed the successful DC Opportunity Scholarship program here in the nation’s capitol. Let’s hope that the forces of choice and freedom prevail in 2010.

    H/T: The Patriot Room

    Posted in Education [slideshow_deploy]

    9 Responses to Milton Friedman on School Choice

    1. Jim Arlington, Oh says:

      A proper education for our children is the most important social issue Americans must face. A proper education produces a fountain of wealth with benefits that extend well beyond the student to affect family and friends.

      Unfortunately "school choice" is a political issue because those who cannot afford to support a failing public school and the additional cost of private school are mandated to send their children to failing public school. Politicians place their own best interest first by supporting unions that give them money in return for their vote.

      Do Not continue to vote for Democrats that will not vote against teacher's unions in favor of "school choice", "vouchers" and a better America. Contact the people YOU elect and demand that your school tax dollars be made available to you for the best interest of your children. Contact the Republicans party in your area and let them know that you will give them a chance if they will provide "school choice".

      The people you elect are in office to SERVE you.

    2. Pingback: Milton Friedman on School Choice | Conservative Principles Now

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      Government education has become in total contrast with a child's home upbringing. They waste dollars on creating social issues, where some students get preferential teaching in public schools.

      PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TO EDUCATE, NOT ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL AGENDAS, OR LIFESTYLES, WHICH ARE LIVED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM! WHEN TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING FUNDED TO EDUCATE, THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING BUT EDUCATION AND ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME CURRICULUM WITH NO RECOGNITION OF RACE, CREED OR CULTURE. ANY ACTIVITY OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM SHOULD BE FUNDED BY THOSE THAT PARTICIPATE. the government has no conscience or hold no accountability on failed schools, yet they always use it as an excuse FOR MORE MONEY! They prove time after time there is NO IMPROVEMENT WITH MORE MONEY!!! WHAT'S NEEDED IS QUALIFICATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THOSE THAT SCREAM "MORE MONEY!"

    4. Tim Az says:

      Exactly how would an educated and wealthy society who appreciates and demands freedom serve liberal's interests. Liberals are having a tough enough time as it is trying to serve their own interests. If these ideas were carried out liberals would wither on the vine.

      This is change Americans would thrive in.

    5. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      The need has never been greater for American Children to be removed from 'Public Schooling' and allowed the Freedom of Private Education. To be allowed an Education where Christmas is allowed to be Celebrated, where it is wrong to sexually educate young boys about 'Fisting', where is it not required to teach children a foreign language to accomodate a few with foreign tongues, but rather have those with foreign languages assimulate into the American Language is English, to bring back our National Pride by having the Flag Salute in the beginning of Class, to have prayer, prior to a sporting event, to have actual consequeses for Bad Behavior, to award acheivement, to award Good Teaching, and weed out Bad Teaching, to eleminate the 'Top Heavy' Administation of Vice Principals, Deans, et al, in our Middle and Grade Schools, and be able to afford computer, books, sports equipment and musical intruments. To pay salaries based on performance, and not tenure or State Budgets. American Education needs to be brought back to Americ, in order for America to once again have the Pride, to rise and be great at what ever our children choose to be.

    6. John Clancy, Wyan.MI says:

      Isn't a monolithic government school system inconsistent with a free society? More and more observers are making a connection between our morally bankrupt schools and our morally bankrupt people in Washington.

      For our first 100 years our schools and universities respected the moral-spiritual nature of the student. We have gradually moved away form this critical aspect of the student, especially during the last 40 years. We are now seeing the results of liberal relativism's influence on our children.

      Milton Freidman is right. Competition would prompt educators to see the TOTAL child (student) and real education would replace nihilistic propaganda. The poor schools would close.

      It is truly sad that shortly after coming into office, President Obama undercut the parents of Washington, D.C. who had built a program that enabled them to choose a private school. He ordered these students to enter government schools in the coming school year!

    7. Dan, Indiana says:

      True principles proven simply! I like this video!

    8. Pingback: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Market Education—not Monopolies—in the District | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

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