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“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
Andrew J. Coulson is an independent scholar based in Seattle, Washington, and a contributing editor to Education Policy Analysis Archives.
This is a difficult book to review. In the opening chapters it discusses topics important to anyone interested in alternatives to our status quo, most importantly the disparate... Read morePublished 8 months ago by wthomas
After reading forty or fifty books thus far researching the topic of private versus public education for about two months now, Market Education: The Unknown History stands out as... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Il Padrone
This book should be read by anyone concerned with the state of our public schools. The vast amount of research backing the title is unprecedented, and the book is very... Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by CuriousOne