The Role of the State in Education


The program explored the role of the state in education, using the “apparent paradox” Goodrich saw in the statement “If, in a society already free, the state takes no action with regard to education, how can there be any assurance that the citizenry will know and understand the desirability of freedom?"


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Fugitive Essays

by By Frank Chodorov
Edited and with an Introduction by Charles H. Hamilton

Frank Chodorov profoundly influenced the intellectual development of the post-World War II libertarian/conservative movement. These essays have been assembled for the first time from Chodorov’s writings in magazines, newspapers, books, and pamphlets. They sparkle with his individualistic perspective on politics, human rights, socialism, capitalism, education, and foreign affairs.

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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

Coons, John E. and Stephen D. Sugarman. Education by Choice: The Case for Family Control. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.

Counts, George S. Dare the School Build a New Social Order? Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1932.

Cubberley, Ellwood P. Changing Conceptions of Education. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909.

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

Gutmann, Amy. Democratic Education. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Herbert, Auberon. The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State and Other Essays. Edited by Eric Mack. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1978.

Mann, Horace. Life and Works of Horace Mann, Volume 3. Edited by Felix Pecant. Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1891.

Nearing, Scott. Social Adjustment. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.

Perkinson, Henry J. The Imperfect Panacea: American Faith in Education. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.