Anything for the System

There’s a phrase that’s often used as a conversation-stopper in public policy debates. Those who use this phrase seemingly seek to intimidate their opponents into defending evil against good. It seems to be used when all rational arguments fail. The phrase? “Anything for the children.”

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Milton Friedman Day

Monday, January 29, has been declared Milton Friedman Day to celebrate the life of perhaps the leading proponent of free market economics in the world. Friedman, who died in November, received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976 at age 64, but continued at full pace until his death 30 years later espousing his belief that free markets are essential for economic and political freedom throughout the world.

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Ask “How” Education Money is Spent, not just “How Much”

A new organization is being created to inform people of Mississippi whether their legislators are voting to quote “fully fund education.” In announcing this group, its founders implied that the only measure of whether a legislator supports education is if they vote to fund the current system of public schools, regardless of how the money is actually spent. They seem to be for more spending, even if it doesn’t produce better results.

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Competition Would Improve Education

Competition is the essential element in improving the price and quality of goods and services. It’s a curious thing to me how many business leaders believe this principle until the topic turns to education. For some reason, they treat education as if it were immune to the benefits of competition. They defend the current system rather than embracing an approach that would allow parents to choose schools that best meet their children’s needs.

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