Workers Usurp the Means of Production
By Arnold Kling
Today, Mr. Lee and five other teachers — all veterans of Teach for America, a corps of college graduates who undergo five weeks of training and make a two-year commitment to teaching — are running a public school here with 650 children from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Naturally, their erstwhile oppressors doubt that this can work.
They say that most teachers have neither the time nor the expertise to deal with the inner workings of a school, like paying bills, conducting fire drills and refereeing faculty disputes.
In general, I agree with the skeptics that cooperative worker management is not a good idea. However, government management is not a good idea, either.
Eventually, if enough teachers usurp the means of production from government-run schools, then I think that some of the teacher-run schools will experiment with hiring professional managers. That would be an indirect path to competitive markets in education.