A Case Against School Choice, But Not the One You Had in Mind

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Feinstein School of Education and Human Development


School choice theory rests on the assumption that K-12 education is a consumer good or service. The assumption is erroneous, because schooling is also a form of labor students perform for the benefit of society. Consequently, schools cannot benefit from competition the same way other industries do. However, public schooling's current monopoly is indefensible, and alternative ways of creating an educational market should be considered.

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