Education Reform Isn’t Easy, but It’s Worthwhile
The video from a recent Cato event, "Markets vs. Standards: Debating the Future of American Education," is online here. I especially enjoyed listening to Andrew Coulson, who presents evidence from around the world that the private sector improves education. He also addresses Sol Stern’s contention that market-based reforms have been ineffective and that reformers should redirect their attention toward imposing standards.
Coulson points out that the difficulty of replacing the education monopoly with a free market is no reason to give up. None of our country’s previous policy victories would have been achieved had people redirected their efforts to easier alternatives such as, to take Coulson’s example, improving their local grocery stores.
So, take a look. If you want to skip right to Coulson’s remarks, they begin about 40 minutes into the program.