The multifaceted crisis of America's public schools
On Free to Choose, his popular public television series, Economist Milton Friedman stands before Boston's Hyde Park High School as uniformed guards search entering students for weapons. In a voice-over Friedman says: "Parents know their kids are getting a bad education but . . . many of them can see no alternative."
Speaking of educational reform, Richard H. Hersh, associate dean for teacher education at the University of Oregon, tells a meeting: "We've been rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."
Says Professor J. Myron Atkin, dean of...