Professor William Boyes, Austrian Economist and Director of the Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University, joins School Sucks for the first time. I was introduced to his work through the following video posted in the School Sucks Facebook group:
It's always exciting when a prominent figure at an enormous public university - the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S - openly calls for the end of public schooling. Professor Boyes has called education the #1 issue facing us on the path to greater personal and political liberty.
Preliminary question: People on the left don't want to hear from their opponents; the fact that opposition even exists in so-called social justice or economics issues seems to be a complete outrage. What are their suspicions, why do people believe libertarian ideas should be silenced and dismissed?
Discussion Topics and Questions:
1. You've publicly called for an end to public schooling...
How would you explain to an incredulous colleague - or even to the predictably left-leaning college student - the problems with school?
-in economic terms
-in historical terms
How did you learn about the history of the government school system and its intentions?
2. A 4-step process for converting public schools to charter schools and then to for-profit schools
3. There's an ideological battle that needs to be won first, right?
-what about the machinery of left-wing thinking in higher ed?
-describe the echo chamber effect
-what victories have you had against that machinery in AZ?
-what are some defeats or frustrations?
-Is Academia is completely hopeless?
-Should we work within the system?
-How do we go about opening up dialogue in universities?
-What is the future of higher education?
4. You said you didn't learn about economics in your economics Ph.D program?
5. Home-educated students in college:
Do your colleagues consider inquisitive students to be more of a nuisance?
what is your experience teaching home-educated students?
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