“Working from an historical perspective, Coulson has written an apologia for competitive, free market education… In Coulson's terms competitive, free market education will provide for a more innovative, more flexible, and more responsive system of schooling… Coulson believes that a competitive school system will result in more flexibility and a new range of schooling alternatives in all shapes and sizes. All levels.”
—R. J. Reynolds, Choice
“In this unusually well written and thoroughly researched book, Andrew J. Coulson ranges from ancient Greece and Rome to modern America and Japan to document his conclusion that parental choice in a private educational market is afar more effective system for educating children than government-run schools. Encyclopedic in its coverage of the arguments for and against alternative modes of organizing schooling, readers will find this excellent book instructive whether they agree or disagree with his conclusion.”
—Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Coulson’s [Market Education] is a sweeping blow to those of us who keep hoping the system that served earlier generations reasonably well can be helped to overcome the effects of bad policies, inadequate teachers, disengaged parents, and indifferent students to perform its magic yet again. He wonders if the magic was ever there. . . .”
—William Raspberry, The Washington Post
“School choice has a much longer history than most imagine. All those committed to school reform should read this fascinating historical account.”
—Paul Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, and Director of the Program on Education, Policy, and Governance, Harvard University
“American schools cost more than do those in most other countries. Yet, the longer our students are in school, the further they fall behind students in other advanced countries. Andrew Coulson draws upon both history and current research to identify clear reasons for such poor results. His book convincingly tells policymakers and parents how to solve the deep-seated problems of our schools.”
—Herbert J. Walberg, Research Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Coulson's use of international historical evidence to analyze contemporary debates typically driven by ideology is refreshing, and represents a major contribution ot the field of educational policy."
—Martin West, Oxford University
About the Author
Andrew J. Coulson is an independent scholar based in Seattle, Washington, and a contributing editor to Education Policy Analysis Archives.