Saturday, November 18, 2006

Milton Friedman on homeschooling

Quote from the late Milton Friedman - recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science - taken from "Friedman: Economic freedom is key" by Bill Steigerwald, Tribune-Review, Nov. 18, 2006:

Q: I'm sure you're familiar with the home-school movement, which has arisen over the last 10 years as a form of competition to schools.

A: It is. And the fact that it is a form of competition shows how bad our schools are. Can you think of any other sophisticated product in which the home-made product is superior to the factory-made product?

I don't agree with Friedman on everything - since he equivocated on property rights and sound money, but he hit a home run with that observation.


frostbyte said...

I'm not sure about a home run, but the quote does subtley point to the difference between home education and public education. Home education is teaching the child what and when that child is ready learn. Public education is treating the child like every other child in the "factory".

Anonymous said...

Combination of "Gobbledygook" as you put it and union protection of a failed system are why his statement is true.