Breaking the Government’s Monopoly on Education

We all insist on choice when it comes to what kind of car we drive, where we buy our groceries, and who cuts our hair. Yet Americans have long abided by restrictions on how their children are educated, with one-size-fits-all public school districts limiting parents’ choices in one of the most fundamental areas. Jeff Reed, Communications Director for The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, believes it is time to break up the government’s monopoly on education. After decades of controversy over school choice, The Friedman Foundation claims it now has the empirical evidence to finally put the standard objections to rest. Bob and Jeff break down the new findings, including several real world examples of how increased choice is creating new opportunities, reducing costs, and even improving existing public schools.

Later, Bob looks at recent foreign policy debates over Russia’s interventions in Ukraine, which some perceive as a threat to liberty worldwide. Public opinion, however, suggests the United States has lost its appetite for foreign intervention. What should libertarians make of it all?
Bob also examines a controversial new Tennessee law that enacts criminal penalties for women who take drugs during pregnancy and have children with birth defects or addictions as a result.