Tom Scocca, at Slate:
In today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription only), George Mason economics professor Donald J. Boudreaux defends the greatness of the free market, and argues for privatizing education, by posing a thought experiment: “Suppose that groceries were supplied in the same way as K-12 education.”
The result, according to Boudreaux, would be a system crippled by monopolism and union greed…
Maybe the thought experiment works better when it’s turned around. If public education were run like supermarkets, as the free market runs supermarkets, rich people would enjoy access to an assortment of the freshest, highest-quality education, while poor people would live with lousy schools, or no schools at all. School companies would redline the ghetto and refuse to open stores there. The Department of Education would have a county-by-county online atlas to locate “education deserts,” areas where schooling was effectively unavailable.
Actually, our public-education system looks a lot like that already. (Perhaps it’s not the government monopoly that’s to blame?)…
Of course, Prof. Boudreaux (and his offspring, if any) no doubt lives in an area with a choice of excellent grocery stores and schools, so why should he or the WSJ care about those luzers on the wrong end of his thought experiment?