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Only Monopolists With Sinecures Can Get Away With Such Nonsense

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


You rightly support parents who resist the poisoning by K-12 public schools of schoolchildren’s minds with Critical Race Theory (“The Teachers Unions Go Woke,” July 8). But of course such resistance would be much easier and more sure in a regime of school choice. In such a regime, each school’s funding would depend exclusively on its ability to attract parents.

No lawsuit or political campaign can be as effective as would genuine competition among schools at obliging teachers actually to teach rather than to indoctrinate.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030


My favorite of all the things that I’ve ever written remains this 2011 piece in the Wall Street Journal comparing K-12 schools to supermarkets. If the provision of groceries were run as is the provision of K-12 education, the decision of which particular groceries customers would ‘purchase’ would be made, not by consumers, but by supermarket-workers’ unions and store management. Everyone would be forced to pay for what is ‘offered’ – and, if one dared to object to the particular offerings, suffer being accused of “politicizing” the provision of groceries.


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