Education, Compulsion, and the State

Conferences for Students – November 1-3, 2019

Discussion Leader: Tawni Ferrarini

Session I – Schooling and Deschooling
Herbert, Auberon. The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1978. Essay Two, “State Education: A help or hindrance?” (pages 53–80).

Everhart, Robert B., eds. The Public School Monopoly: A Critical Analysis of Education and the State in American Society. San Francisco: Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research, 1982. Chapter 3, George Smith’s “Nineteenth-Century Opponents of State Education” (pages 109–144).

Session II – The Political Economy of State Education
John E. Chubb and Terry Moe. “Politics, Markets, and the Organization of Schools.” American Political Science Review 82, no. 4 (December 1989): 1065-1087.

West, E. G. Education and the State: A Study in Political Economy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1994. Chapter 17, “The Political Economy of American Public School Legislation” (pages 295–337).

Tweedie, Jack, Dennis Riley, John Chubb, and Terry Moe. “Should Market Forces Control Educational Decision Making?” American Political Science Review 84, No. 2 (June 1990): 549–567.

Session III – Philosophical Justifications for State Education
Brighouse, Harry. “Why Should States Fund Schools?” British Journal of Educational Studies 46, no. 2 (June 1998): 138–152.

Tooley, James. “Why Harry Brighouse is Nearly Right About the Privatization of Education.” Journal of Philosophy of Education 37, No. 3 (2003): 427–447.

West, E. G. “Liberty and Education: John Stuart Mill’s Dilemma.” Philosophy: The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy 40, No. 152 (April 1965): 129–142.

Session IV – The Twentieth-Century Development of Compulsory Schooling
World Education Report from UNESCO. The Writing of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Appendix I. New York: UNESCO, 2000. “The Writing of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Appendix 1” (pages 93-107).

Willmore, Larry. “Education by the State.” DESA Discussion Papers (November 2002): 1–14.

Session V – Discussion: A Private Education
Murray, Charles. In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. Chapter 10, beginning with the subsection “Good Teachers and the Pursuit of Happiness” through the end of the chapter (pages 222–231).

Tooley, James. Education Without the State. London: IEA Education and Training Unit, 1996. Chapter 2, “What If….? A Thought Experiment on Markets and Education” (pages 17–30).

Coulson, Andrew. Market Education: The Unknown History. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1999. “Conclusion: Achieving Educational Excellence”

Session VI – Schooling and Deschooling
Illich, Ivan. Deschooling Society. London: Marion Boyars, 1970, 2002. Chapter 1, “Why we must Disestablish School” (pages 1–24).

Tooley, James. Reclaiming Education. London: Continuum, 2000. “Session 1–– Education” (pages 24–31).