Topic: Education

School Choice Can Promote Evasive Entrepreneurs

– December 1, 2023

“Evasive entrepreneurs are having their moment. Education entrepreneurs and parents are working to find educational options for children outside of the highly regulated traditional public schools.” ~Angela Dills


Where Have You Gone, Alex P. Keaton?

– November 30, 2023

“Respect for individual freedom, in particular the freedom of thought, is much lower than at any time in my life. It is easy to imagine a latter-day Alex showing up at Leland’s freshman orientation only to be canceled and chased from campus by an angry mob.” ~Paul McDonnold


Revisiting the Argument that Government is Too Small

– November 26, 2023

“A balanced rebuttal to false and misleading claims will tend to be ineffective at reaching voters, which in turn makes deceptive political advertising more successful, over-expanding government.” ~Gary M. Galles


Politicians’ Job Training and College Sales Pitch is Snake Oil

– November 25, 2023

“Are job training programs actually providing useful training to the people affected by foreign trade? Don’t ask lawmakers. They’d prefer that people give them credit for the intent and ignore questions about outcomes.” ~James M. Hohman


How Can We Stop Serving Students So Poorly?

– November 20, 2023

“Efforts to improve things with charter schools have shown some great results, and vouchers are attractive as a means to make educators more responsible to parents than to administrators. But we are still in the early stages of a very long struggle.” ~Gary M. Galles


College History Textbooks spread Misinformation about the Great Depression

– November 10, 2023

“US history instruction, including at the college level, is badly out of sync with the scholarly literature on the Great Depression. History textbooks show little cognizance of the leading economic explanations for this famous event.” ~Phil W. Magness


Trade-offs: The Ugly Truths of School Finance 

– November 3, 2023

“Perhaps expanding school choice could encourage districts to set their house in order. Maybe a renewed focus on financial accountability could help stem the tide of nonsense.” ~Garion Frankel


Academics Make Lousy Leaders

– October 31, 2023

“Academics, despite having an immense amount of knowledge on particular issues, are unable to convert that knowledge into effective politicking.” ~Joseph Bouchard


Liberty Curious Podcast: Decolonization from Theory to Practice

– October 30, 2023

“The critical theory outlook says ‘No we don’t really have so much room for alternative viewpoints,” and they consider everything that’s associated with free markets and liberal capitalism as the enemy to be driven out of the academy.” ~Phillip W. Magness


Emoting Is Easier (and More Fun) Than Is Thinking Dispassionately

– October 29, 2023

“The mindset that recognizes the ubiquity of trade-offs tempers any proclivity its owners might have toward justifying their policy stances with enormous heapings of emotions.” ~Donald J. Boudreaux


Why “Free College” is a Terrible Idea

– October 20, 2023

“If the US were to embrace the idea that college should be an entitlement, the results would be very undesirable. More resources would be drawn into providing college education, and we’d get less educational value in return.” ~George Leef


Critical Race Theory in Data: What the Statistics Show

– October 17, 2023

“While CRT may have been a niche subject as recently as the 1990s, academic journal citations of CRT scholars exploded around the time of the ‘Great Awokening’ (2013-2014).” ~Phillip W. Magness