Rhonda, markets are the answer


Writing from New Orleans, Louisiana

An editorial in the October 13, 2006 Wichita Eagle by Rhonda Holman expresses disgust with the Kansas State Board of Education, and praises Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’s criticism of the board.

(I am a little ashamed to admit that I am in New Orleans, but still reading The Wichita Eagle.)

Now it is no secret that Ms. Holman disagrees with some of the actions the board has taken the past few years. I am quite certain that if she agreed with what the board has done, she would have not written this editorial, and the governor would have not criticized the board. After all, both are in favor of expansion of government, as long as they agree with what the government is doing.

That illustrates the problem with government-mandated solutions: everyone has to accept what government decides to provide, or pay doubly to decide in favor of something else. Few families can afford to do that when it comes to the education of their children.

Ms. Holman, if we were to reduce the government’s role in the supplying of education, we wouldn’t have to worry about what the Kansas Board of Education is doing, as there would be no such board, or their power and influence would be greatly diminished. Instead of everyone accepting what politicians and government bureaucrats decide we should have, everyone would be free to choose the type of education they want for their children. No matter how specialized your requirements or uncommon your preferences, market-based provision of education would almost certainly supply what you desire.

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful! No more fretting about what the Board of Education is doing, as people would be free of its power over their lives.

Similarly — and most refreshing — we would be free from Kathleen Sebelius’s authority and Rhonda Holman’s influence. But that’s something I don’t think they want.


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