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 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 Gatto, New 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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