The New Abolitionism: On Separating School and State
Jun 30, 2012
What role should government play in educating American children? Are government schools compatible with a free society? Do children have a “right” to an education? What would a free market in education look like?
In addressing these questions, Dr. Thompson’s lecture:
- examines the destructive role played by “public” education in America;
- critiques the assumptions behind government schooling;
- explains the philosophical and political meaning of the principle of separation of school and state;
- demonstrates why conservative and libertarian arguments for vouchers must be opposed;
- calls for the abolition of all government schools; and (
- outlines a plan for moving from a system of government schooling to one of exclusively private education.
Dr. Thompson concludes his lecture by presenting a principled argument for a free market in education that begins with the rights and responsibilities of parents to provide for the education of their own children.