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When Markets Are the Solution, All Roads Lead to Milton Friedman

September 24, 2018

In a post Diane Ravitch wrote yesterday on The Business of Charter Schools, she offered this insight:

“…no one ever imagined that there was profit to be found in the public schools, or that the public schools would one day be part of “the education industry.”

Someone DID imagine there was profit to be found… and that someone was Milton Friedman who in 1983 wrote that public schools were a “socialist monopoly”

Twelve years later Mr Friedman wrote that the best way to break up the monopoly was to offer for-profit schools as competition.

When it comes to market worship all roads lead to Milton Friedman…. just Google “Milton Friedman public education” and you will get a trove of information on how profit could be a driver for improvement in public schools. The world reformers live in was envisioned over three decades ago by Milton Friedman and relentlessly promoted by profiteers ever since.

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