State Should Not Fully Abandon Education

State Should Not Fully Abandon Education
March 6, 2007

Robert G. Holland

Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is... (read full bio)

Dear Editor:

In "A call for separation of school and state" (March 4), columnist Jeff Jacoby astutely diagnoses what ails government-controlled education: winner-take-all politics in a society no longer united as to what schools should teach.

But his prescription would have severe side-effects. Absolute separation of school and state would render millions of low- and moderate-income families unable to afford schooling unless they were fortunate enough to find charity.

A different prescription could preserve universal education as a societal obligation while advancing individual freedom: Subsidize parents, not bureaucracies. Let parents use their share of public money to choose the school--private, parochial, or public--that offers the values and education they want for their children. That prescription would spread liberty without killing public education.


Robert Holland (holland@heartland.org) is senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute.

Robert G. Holland

Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is... (read full bio)