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Good to know that what I wrote in 2005-2008 is absolutely cutting-edge advice in the field of education

My FB comment here.

BRYAN CAPLAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS CONFIRM THE PRESCRIPTIONS IN MY 2008 BOOK (DRAFTED FROM 2005 ONWARDS).

Bryan Caplan‘s book, The Case Against Education, arrived a couple of days ago. Skimming through it – unable to find time to read it systematically; too many things at hand.

But here’s the POINTY END (at p.276), its POLICY PRESCRIPTIONS:

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“For elementary and secondary school, means-tested vouchers. Taxpayers fund education for poor children. Otherwise, parents pay.

[For higher education] “End the taxpayer subsidies. To preserve access for poor students, government could offer unsubsidised student loans, outsourcing collection of delinquent payments to the IRS”
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This is good to know. As you might know, my 2008 book said precisely this (and this is part of Swarna Bharat Party’s manifesto) – although I’ve allowed for government subsidy of administrative costs of managing college loans. If persuaded upon fully completing Bryan’s book, I might amend to cut off admin cost subsidy, as well.

My 2008 book also preceded James Tooley’s recommendations for the complete and total privatization of all schools.

I know for sure that these recommendations won’t be accepted in the West. But we can make these work in India. Our party is the world’s first to make such policies part of our platform.

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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