Education by Choice: The Case for Family Control, by John E. Coons and
Sugarman (Berkeley: University of California, 1978). A detailed case for
competition and choice into the provision of education.
Compelling Belief: The Culture of American Schooling, by Stephen Arons
York: McGraw-Hill, 1983). Shows how values and culture are transmitted
education and why we should insist on "separation of school and state."
The Twelve Year Sentence, ed. by William F. Rickenbacker (La Salle, Ill.:
Court, 1974). A collection of essays on compulsory state schooling by
educators, historians, and economists.
The American School, 1642-1985, by Joel Spring (New York: Longman,
how state schooling has been used to the political advantages of certain
reveals state schooling as a powerful tool of social control.
Beyond Public Education, by Myron Lieberman (New York: Praeger, 1986).
devastating critique of state schooling and a free market alternative.
The Myth of the Common School, by Charles Leslie Glenn, Jr. (Amherst:
of Massachusetts Press, 1988). Glenn traces the origins of the state
system in the United States during the early nineteenth century and shows
undermined a vibrant and diverse voluntary educational system.
Liberating Schools: Education in the Inner City, by David D. Boaz
Cato Institute, 1991). A clear statement of the failure of coercive
state schooling and
of a variety of free-market alternatives.
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