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Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

7 de Marzo 2004

Educación y capitalismo

Los problemas de la educación pública no tienen fronteras. En este artículo, comentario del libro Education and Capitalism: How Overcoming Our Fear of Markets and Economics Can Improve America's Schools, del Heartland Institute, se trata como el capitalismo puede traer nuevos al sistema educativo, tal y como los ha traido a muchos otros campos:

The authors begin by describing the horrible condition of public education, which, make no mistake, is a complete mess nationwide. Although government schools maintain a monopoly on public funds, they've failed miserably by almost every conceivable benchmark.

Even more depressing is that even as results have dropped, the size and cost of the government school bureaucracy has soared.
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The solution is capitalism, the same incredible force of productive change that brought civilization out of the Dark Ages and propelled this country to the highest standard of living, for rich and poor alike, in all of human history.

The authors' thesis, built on the groundwork laid by the University of Chicago's Milton Friedman, is that just as the free market has created unparalleled innovation in medicine, agriculture and communication, so could it vastly improve education. The ability for parents to choose their schools, and for schools to compete for their attendance, would raise standards and lower cost, just as it has in every other area of our lives.
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Moreover, in the tradition of economist Ludwig von Mises and philosopher Ayn Rand, they ground their arguments in moral as well as practical terms. Capitalism isn't simply the most efficient social system ever devised, but the most just as well.
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Although total privatization, charter schools, tuition tax credits and home schooling are all considered, school vouchers are presented as the best option for immediate change. Under a voucher system, education dollars are directed to parents, not bureaucrats. The result is competition, choice, better test scores and lower costs. Everybody would benefit.

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