School Choice, Sorry I Underrated You

Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

“Researching and writing The Case Against Education did much to dull my enthusiasm for private schooling. Part of the reason was pure theory: If most education is socially wasteful signaling, private spending doesn’t offset government inefficiency. It amplifies it. Yet most of the reason was empirical. When I looked at curricula, what private school taught seemed very similar to what public schools taught. Furthermore, when researchers measured student learning — with proper corrections for pre-existing knowledge — most found weak evidence that private schooling was better. None of this turned me against school choice. But since two big arguments in favor of this reform — different curricula and better learning — were weak, I almost stopped talking about it. Until COVID came along and changed my mind. Here’s how.” (07/25/22)