Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

Friedman ‘Willfully Ignores’ Voucher Damage

July 26, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

School voucher granddaddy Milton Friedman’s comments during his interview with Education Week (“Friedman: The Solution Is Choice,” edweek.org, June 22, 2005) show that he willfully ignores the fact that vouchers would raise schooling costs, seriously damage the teaching profession by imposing religious tests on teachers, and promote and subsidize the fragmentation of school populations along sectarian, class, ethnic, and ideological lines. They also show that he scorns the wisdom of the millions of voters who have rejected voucher plans or their analogues by 2-to-1 in 25 statewide referendums between 1967 and 2004, and that he scoffs at the wisdom of national and state constitution writers since 1787 who recognized that forcing taxpayers to support sectarian schools is, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, “sinful and tyrannical.”

One wonders what Mr. Friedman thinks of the 3-to-1 rejection by Newfoundland voters of their in-place universal voucher plan in the 1990s and its replacement by American-style religiously neutral public schools.

Edd Doerr

President

Americans for Religious Liberty

Silver Spring, Md.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Law & Courts Webinar
Future of the First Amendment:Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech
Learn how educators are navigating student free speech issues and addressing controversial topics like gender and race in the classroom.
Content provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Start Strong With Solid SEL Implementation: Success Strategies for the New School Year
Join Satchel Pulse to learn why implementing a solid SEL program at the beginning of the year will deliver maximum impact to your students.
Content provided by Satchel Pulse
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 11, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 27, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read