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On Home Schooling

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post:


A recent headline of yours declares that “flawed research” by Brian Ray “helped legitimize home schooling” (“How a true believer’s flawed research helped legitimize home schooling,” December 11).

Wrong. Home schooling is legitimate in its own right, needing no research for its justification. Children are not the property of the state or its formal schooling apparatus. Home schooling is legitimate simply because responsibility for children resides with parents. Period. And so even if Mr. Ray’s research is proven to be horrendously inept or even fraudulent, the legitimacy of home schooling remains firmly intact.

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

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