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Making Up Our Mind: What School Choice Is Really About

Sigal R. Ben-Porath and Michael C. Johanek


If free market advocates had total control over education policy, would the shared public system of education collapse? Or would school choice revitalize schooling with its innovative force? In either case, would the US make a dramatic break with its past? That’s not only the wrong question—it’s the wrong premise. Market-driven school choices aren’t new. They predate the republic, and for generations parents have chosen to educate their children through an evolving mix of publicly supported, private, charitable, and entrepreneurial enterprises. This process has arguably always been influenced ... More

Keywords: market-driven, democracy, government regulation, structured choice, shared values, history, philosophy, corporate and philanthropic influence, public purposes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226619460
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226619774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sigal R. Ben-Porath, author
University of Pennsylvania

Michael C. Johanek, author
University of Pennsylvania

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