Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Educational Socialism versus the Free Market

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the Future of Freedom Foundation website,” on, “Educational Socialism versus the Free Market.”

Academia and the educational establishment in general is supposed to be a “marketplace of ideas,” in which knowledge and truth may be pursued through a peaceful and open “clash” of ideas. But in the United States, K-12 schools as well as institutions of higher learning have become places for ideological indoctrination and mind manipulation of young men and woman on the basis of “political correctness” and collectivist political agendas.

This is primarily due to the unaccountability of these schools and institutions as locations of educational socialism that funded through taxation and controlled by teachers’ unions and hiring practices meant to perpetuate the monopoly control over what is taught.

The only lasting way to undermine and transform these schools and institutions of higher learning is through radical denationalization, full privatization of education in America. The selling off of government schools, colleges and universities need not be a particularly difficult task. And it would set free competitive market forces to transform, over time, the quality and content of education in far better directions and forms.

One aspect of this, no doubt, would be the elimination of a good deal of that “political correctness” when funding depends on market demands of parents and students, and not the interests and ideological biases of teachers and professors financed through compulsory taking from the taxpayers.

Best Wishes,



  1. We need political control to privatize schools.

  2. As a home-schooler of three kids, I couldn't agree more with this article. They have a good grasp of "freedom, self-responsibility, and the character and value of a free society".

    They also have freedom of thought - even from within what could be considered my own indoctrination facility. Whenever politics, history, and economics are discussed, it is with the prefaced caveat that I, their teacher, could be wrong, and some day I hope they can enlighten me instead.

    As my oldest heads off to college, he has been advised to ignore the political nonsense if possible, then glean as much useful, applicable knowledge that he can.

  3. Brutus, I'm curious how you handle the socialization aspect of home schooling. Also, do you consider their math/reading/science/world knowledge to be more advanced or less than the public school system?