The Moral Case for School Choice

Michael Barba and the Honorable Kent Grusendorf write for the Texas Public Policy Foundation:

  • Benefits of school choice are often described solely in economic terms, while moral benefits are not taken seriously. School choice would protect rights and liberties and promote greater equality.
  • Rights and liberties are protected through the General Diffusion of Knowledge because citizens learn to distinguish threats to their liberty and necessary exercises of lawful authority.
  • Simple equality is compatible with liberty or tyranny. In public education, raising the bar on equality means encouraging—not merely tolerating—a parent’s decision to seek out the greatest education. …

It’s common sense that people whose wealth and reputation are tied up with the established system would oppose innovation. The question is whether the private interest of the status quo should outweigh the benefits of liberty and equality. An answer to this question is crucial. As Thomas Jefferson noted, “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness.”

Read the full paper at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.