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An autographed copy of this book may be obtained by sending a check for $18 ($15 for the book plus $3 for shipping) made out to David W. Kirkpatrick, 2323 Rudy Road, Harrisburg, PA 17104.  It is also available from the online publisher ToExcel, for $14.95 plus costs.  They may be contacted at:    www.Toexcel.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=1583482512

By David W. Kirkpatrick

Loyola University Press, Chicago, 1990

A Conservative Book Club Selection, 1991        

This is a history of the proposal to fund education through the students, as does the G.I. Bill for veterans, rather than making direct appropriations to institutions. Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson all advocated this approach in the late eighteenth century as did John Stuart Mill and others in the Nineteenth. In the twentieth century it is widely used in the industrialized democracies, except for the United States, and it is available in some parts of the country, such as Vermont. It is the widest application of education choice now being adopted or seriously considered by virtually all states and has been supported by the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush administrations as well as numerous individuals, including Milton Friedman, Pete DuPont, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Margaret Mead, a majority of the American public in a number of recent polls, and even a significant number of public educators.

 Reviewer comments:

"Absolutely first-rate ... provides information about the history of vouchers that is not readily available elsewhere ... answers the major challenges to increased educational choice." Ronald Nash, author of The Closing of the American Heart, Conservative Book Club Bulletin, January 1991

"In this thought-provoking book, Kirkpatrick...makes a convincing case for trying this idea that has been advanced for more than 200 years...He challenges us to face up to the possibility that many of us really don't trust democracy and don't believe parents should have a say in where and how their children are educated. (His) sense is that we are gradually becoming willing to grant to others the educational choices we want for ourselves, and thus the tide may be turning in favor of such a change in American education" John Hope, Pennsylvania Magazine, February 1991

Available from the author: $15 plus $3 S&H, or $25 plus S&H for both Choice in Schooling and School Choice, 1997.



 Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr.


1 Introduction

2 The Perceived Need for Change

3 1776-1954: Evolution of an Idea

4 1955-1969: "The Role of Government in Education"

5 1970: The OEO Proposal

6 1971-1972: Court Decisions and Survey Results

7 1973-1974: Alum Rock Project Begins

8 1975-1976: Theory and a Model

9 1977-1981: Later Appraisals of Alum Rock

10 1982-1985: Crisis and Gradual Change

11 1986-1988: Variations on a Theme

12 Conclusion: The Idea That Will Not Die




Copyright 1998, David W. Kirkpatrick
2323 Rudy Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17104-2025
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