Dave Killion — January 18, 2011
Tooley is a professor of education policy at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and ” The Beautiful Tree” tells the story of his discovery of, and research into, private schools for the poor in India, China, and Africa. It is a remarkable tale of how many of the poorest people in some of the world’s poorest places reject free government schooling in favour of very inexpensive private schools that consistently provide a superior education.
In the course of his narrative, Tooley also looks at the history of private schooling in the West, and in India, and makes the case that public schooling is no improvement on the private systems that preceded it. Although libertarian opposition to public schooling is based principally on objections to the initiation of violence inherent in redistribution, “The Beautiful Tree” provides powerful evidence that the utilitarian outcomes for eliminating public schooling will be very good indeed.
Obviously, I highly recommend this book.
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