Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman passed away yesterday. His work was wide-ranging, controversial, and agree or disagree with him, brilliant. In education Conservatives lionize him as the godfather of contemporary school choice. That’s not inaccurate, but the narrative minimizes the extent to which school choice might be much more of an accepted idea in a country like this but for Friedman and the political association he created between choice in education and market ideology. One prominent left-leaning social justice school choice supporter once told me that “Milton set the effort to give poor parents more choices back 30 years.” More later.

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