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Education and the State

A Study in Political Economy

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Education and the State by Edwin G West
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"Education and the State" first appeared in 1965 and was immediately hailed as one of the century's most important works on education. In the thirty years that have followed, the questions this book raised concerning state-run education have grown immeasurably in urgency and intensity. "Education and the State" re-examines the role of government in education and challenges the fundamental statist assumption that the state is best able to provide an education for the general population. West explores the views on education of the nineteenth-century British reformers and classical economists who argued the necessity of state education. He demonstrates that by the Foster Act of 1870 the state system of education was superimposed upon successful private efforts, thereby suppressing an emerging and increasingly robust structure of private, voluntary, and competitive education funded by families, churches, and philanthropies. This new and expanded edition of "Education and the State" addresses the American situation in education, applying the lessons learned from the study of British institutions. It also broadens their application from education to the conduct of democracy as a political system.

Author Biography

Edwin G. West is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Carleton University, Ottawa.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 1994
Author
Contributors
Foreword by Arthur Seldon Introduction by Myron Lieberman
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
3rd Revised edition
Illustrations
tables, index
Imprint
Liberty Fund Inc
Pages
396
Dimensions
210x140x25
ISBN-13
9780865971356
Product ID
1834149

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