Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dream the impossible dream

Last week, a very intellegent and successful individual was lamenting the waste that is government. He commented, "Schools need to teach finance so that students understand the problems that result from government programs."

Obviously, he had not given his logic much thought. To think that government-run schools would teach the ills of government is to dream the impossible dream.

Professor Jeffrey Herbener teaches economics at Grove City College. He does not hunt for the Chimera in government-run schools. Read the wonderful speech he gave at the Mises Institute's 25 Anniverary Celebration -- I was lucky enough to see it firsthand.

The excerpt below is from Herbener's speech Misesian Economics in Truly Private Schools, available on Mises.org. -- Jim

Misesian Economics in Truly Private Schools

Posted on 10/29/2007

State interference in education usurps the child's rights and displaces the custodial role of the parents in exercising those rights. That the state would seize the custodial rights from the parents demonstrates that it has its own interests in mind. The state must resort to force because neither the child nor the parents want the natural arrangement to be overturned. Because the state rests on compulsion its activity extinguishes the very basis for the development of the personalities of children, which is freedom.

No comments: