Vouchers and Education
By Arnold Kling
In an essay called Mandatory Libertarianism, I address the distrust of markets voiced by opponents of vouchers in education.
opponents asserted that there could not possibly be enough private schools to support a voucher system. However, if education were completely privatized, then every school would be a private school by definition. All of the schools that exist today would still exist. Of course, parents would attempt to leave some existing schools and send their children to other schools. This increase in demand for alternatives to existing schools would induce today’s private schools to expand as well as stimulate entrepreneurs to create new private schools. Ultimately, a better school system (as judged by parents as consumers) would be created…
For Discussion. Are parents sufficiently qualified to judge school quality, or would many families be fooled by profit-seeking charlatans?