Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The reading in general this week was good, however I thought that some of the stuff that Rothbard wrote about was a little too, to say it kindly, ridiculous. I understood from the text that he does in fact see education as a good thing, and needed for intellectual growth, however some things he said made me a little sick.
Rothbard says that the government cannot solve the problem of educating its children because every child has a different style of learning and is slower or faster than some other child. He also goes on to talk about how parents are the best resources for their children, and how they can guide them through atleast a primary education. Wow, I cant believe he said that! I know the world was not globalized in the early 1900's- mid 1900's, but boy did this guy not read?!
How can parents who are not literate be a guide to a child, when it comes to developing a child's intellect. Thus would just not work in many countries, especially because man illiterate parents seek out free government education so that their child can go to school , get a job, maybe go to college, and get a job, so that his/her kids then maybe will be able to afford an individualized teacher. I see the point in smaller teacher:class ration, but this is ridiculous!


  1. Rothbard believes the parents should have the right to place the trust of their child's education in the hands of someone of their choosing, IE voluntarism. This person could be a private individual, technical school, preparatory school or even themselves. At what point is the government actually batman protecting children from hordes of malevolent parents? Rothbard's arguments are blunt but there is subtlety to his logic. I don't completely agree with his value judgments but I still look for the underlying logic he is trying to present. His basic assertion is should king government make choices for us or should we make them ourselves? Try reading a little more into the depth.

  2. The world was globalized in the early 20th century and literacy rates in the US were fairly high (~90% in 1900). Ditto for most industrialized countries.

    Don't let petty facts stop you from dodging Rothbard's argument or exclaiming your moral outrage though.