The Separation of School and State: The Case for Abolishing America’s Government Schools
By C. Bradley Thompson Recorded March 27, 2007
Why do so many Americans—liberal and conservative—support a
compulsory system of government-run education? What role should the State play
in educating America’s children? Are government schools compatible with
a free society? Is it possible to have a free market in education?
In this lecture Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, Professor of Political Science at
Clemson University, will examine the destructive effects of
“public” education in America. He will critique the principal
assumptions behind government schooling (e.g., that children have a
“right” to an education and that government schools are for the
“public good”). And he will call for the abolition of all
government schools. Thompson will present a principled argument for a free
market in education that begins with the rights and responsibilities of
parents to provide for the education of their own children.