I’ve never really understood the argument for public schools, even before I realized I had serious libertarian leanings in my personal politics. I do understand the argument for public funding of pre-adult education, but that stands apart from the actual public schools. This paper and short video by the Cato Institute really drives home one aspect of the horror that is our public education system: price per pupil. Watch it:
I think the most wild thing about this video is the comparison of Washington, D.C. public school costs compared with private schools in the area. Wow. No wonder they’re so much against anything related to the word, “vouchers”. They’d lost all their students!