Policy Documents

Monopolizing and Derailing the Education Freedom Train

Deborah Thornton –
June 1, 2011

The best education policy for Iowa ends the government monopoly over education by expanding school choice, writes Deborah Thornton for the Public Interest Institute in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She notes that monopolies have no reason to respond to the needs of those forced to receive their services, which in Iowa education has created a mediocre school system. The state decently imparts basic education to its students, she writes, but is poor at cultivating higher-level thinking and skills.