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Education should be seen as a way of encouraging a child's natural curiosity.  That change in focus automatically makes the child the active party in the enterprise... Children come into the world thirsting for knowledge about their surroundings.  The eduational process needs only to abstain from killing that curiosity.  p. 4

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Separating School & State

by Sheldon Richman

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Jacob G. Hornberger, Founder and President of The Future of Freedom Foundation, says:

It is time for the American people to rediscover and move toward the principles of individual liberty and free markets of their ancestors--and to lead the world out of the socialist darkness of the twentieth century.  The best place to begin is to liberate America's families through the separation of school and state.


    
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Tammy Drennan
works as a senior writer for the Alliance for the Separation of School & State.




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Education should be seen as a way of encouraging a child's natural curiosity.  That change in focus automatically makes the child the active party in the enterprise... Children come into the world thirsting for knowledge about their surroundings.  The eduational process needs only to abstain from killing that curiosity.  p. 4




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Sheldon Richman is senior editor at the Cato Institute, book review editor of the Cato Journal, contributing editor to Regulation magazine, and associate producer of "Cato Forum," a weekly cable/satellite television program.

Mr. Richman's articles on education and many other issues have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Times, Insight, Cato Policy Report, Journal of Economic Development, The Freemason, Reason, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, and Liberty.  He is a contributor to
The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

A former newspaper reporter, associate editor of Inquiry magazine, and senior editor at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Mr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.




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Mr. Richman's premise will be a troubling one for many, that state schooling doesn't work because it can't work.  He is certainly right.  Separating School and State makes it clear that even with the best of intentions, force and compulsion set processes in motion which mutilate family life, replace education with indoctrination, and bring the myth of Procrustes to life.  The solutions proposed make such good sense, the "official" reform crowd should hang its had in shame.

 

- John Taylor GattoNew York State Teacher of the Year, 1991; author, Dumbing Us Down 



 

If we needed more proof that government schools are in shambles and that privatization and parental choice are the solutions, this book makes a powerful contribution.  It offers both insight and compassionate solutions. 

 

- Professor Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University



 

In Separating School and State, Sheldon Richman effectively and comprehensively analyzes the failures of public schooling in America and explains the ideas and ideology behind the case for compulsory education.  But beyond a historical interpretation and a critical evaluation of the state of public education in America today, Mr. Richman offers a vision of what a fully privatized educational system might look like--and in what ways it would solve many, if not most, of the problems that parents, students, and even a sizable number of professional educators see as the fundamental short-comings of the present system.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Mr. Richman's book may very well move the entire debate over education in America to a higher and more fruitful level of discussion. 

 

Richard M. Ebeling, Vice President of Academic Affairs, The Future of Freedom Foundation
 

 



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