I appreciated the opportunity to share observations for Rebeca Morla’s May 15, 2015 article for the PanAm Post, “Washington State’s School Officials Pocket More than the Governor.” The article discusses the Washington Policy Center’s recent report, “Where the Money Goes in Public Education.”
The center found that “only 60 cents of every school dollar actually reaches school classrooms” and that school superintendents receive lavish salaries. My comments advocated a free market in education and the end of compulsory education laws. My conclusion: “Rather than trying to reform a system that is inherently flawed, I recommend freeing education from the clutches of the government.”
Since education is one of the most pernicious activities of government, I offer further observations. While the focus is on the United States, the principles are applicable to any country. I am grateful for the resources on the website of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an excellent institution.
As an anarchist, I support the end of government and all its functions. However, even people who believe in government may find that a free market in education is an attractive idea. Some of these people may ultimately find that freedom from government itself is an even more attractive idea.
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