The Separation of School and State: The Case for Abolishing America’s Government Schools

The Ayn Rand Institute website has a recording of Professor C. Bradley Thompson’s lecture “The Separation of School and State: The Case for Abolishing America’s Government Schools.”

From the description on the ARI website:

Why do so many Americans—liberal and conservative—support a compulsory system of government-run education? What role should the State play in educating America’s children? Are government schools compatible with a free society? Is it possible to have a free market in education?

In this lecture Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, will examine the destructive effects of “public” education in America. He will critique the principal assumptions behind government schooling (e.g., that children have a “right” to an education and that government schools are for the “public good”). And he will call for the abolition of all government schools. Thompson will present a principled argument for a free market in education that begins with the rights and responsibilities of parents to provide for the education of their own children.

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The Separation of School and State: The Case for Abolishing America’s Government Schools—lecture only (59 mins.)

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