American Education Needs Competition, Not Common Core


Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman championed individual liberty and free markets instead of bigger government. This included his belief that all parents—regardless of their incomes or addresses—should be free to choose their children’s schools.

Yet too often expanding government instead of freedom is the default solution to ailing schools. The Common Core State Standards are a case in point.

Supporters claim that adopting Common Core, as California has done, will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should know to be prepared for college and careers. On the contrary, many experts serving on Common Core review committees warn that academic rigor was compromised for the sake of political buy-in from the various political interest groups involved—including teachers unions.

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Vicki E. Alger is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and Senior Fellow and Director of the Women for School Choice Project at the Independent Women’s Forum.