What is “Privatization” and Should We Privatize Schools?

The YouTube channel Knowing Better recently released a video called “Privatizing Public Services | Prisons and Schools.” The video argued that public services should privatized, in particular, by showing that charter schools are under performing compared to public schools. However, the relevant question is, what does it really mean to privatize something, and does the government contracting an otherwise private business constitute privatization? I content that the answer is no.

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Blumenfeld, S. L., & Newman, A. (2015). Crimes of the Educators. Washington, D.C.: WND Books.

Braun, H., Jenkins, F., & Grigg, W. (2006, July). Comparing Private Schools and Public Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling. Retrieved March 6, 2019, from https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/studies/2006461.asp

McMaken, R. (2017, August 09). The Plan to “Privatize” the Afghanistan War Doesn’t Privatize Anything. Retrieved March 6, 2019, from https://mises.org/wire/plan-privatize-afghanistan-war-doesnt-privatize-anything

Rockwell, L. H., Jr. (2004, October 06). Government Contractors versus Real Business | Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Retrieved March 6, 2019, from https://mises.org/library/government-contractors-versus-real-business

Council for American Private Education – Private School Facts. (2019). Retrieved March 6, 2019, from http://www.capenet.org/facts.html

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