Private Schooling and School Choice as Global Phenomena: An Introduction
More than 25 years ago, Chubb and Moe (Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, 1990) revitalised Friedman’s (Capitalism and freedom, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1982 ) earlier contention that a market-driven approach to education, in which parents have primary control over schools, will produce better schools than a state-driven one. More power to the consumers (pupils and parents) and less influence by state authorities would improve academic achievement and make schools more efficient and just. School organisation and school control should therefore no longer be the business of the state, but of the civil society and private respectively market protagonists—more (private) suppliers and more choice would make schools ‘great again’.
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