Federalism, Markets, and School: Education Reform in a Free Society


The conference explored education reform and the role of the state from the perspective of economic theory.


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Education in a Free Society

by Edited and with an Introduction by Anne Husted Burleigh

A position paper by Benjamin A. Rogge and Pierre F. Goodrich leads off this fine collection advocating an educational system based strictly on private and voluntary institutions.

Anne Husted Burleigh is a writer and a contributing editor for Crisis.

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Additional Readings

Becker, Gary. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Edited by David R. Henderson. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007.

Coulson, Andrew. Market Education: The Unknown History. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1999.

Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962, 2002.

Friedman, Milton. Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman's Voucher Idea at Fifty. Edited by Robert C. Enlow and Lenore T. Ealy. Washington D.C.: Cato Institute, 2006.

Glenn Jr., Charles Leslie. The Myth of the Common School. Richmond: Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2002.

Hirsch, E. D., Jr. The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Lawrence Cremin. "The Revolution in American Secondary Education: 1893-1918." Teachers College Record 56, no. 6 (1955): 295-308.

Murray, Charles. Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality. New York City: Crown Forum, 2008.

Office of the Under Secretary. "No Child Left Behind: A Desktop Reference." United States Department of Education. (March 30, 2009).

Ravitch, Diane. Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform. New York City: Simon and Schuster, 2001.

The Reviewing Committee. "Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education." United States Government Printing Office. (March 30, 2009).

United States Department of Education. “A Nation Accountable: Twenty-five Years After a Nation at Risk.” Department of Education. (May 13, 2009).

West, E. G. Education and the State: A Study in Political Economy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1994.