• Jurgen Herbst


Fresh and contemporary as the term school choice appears to us today, it has a history that in the English-speaking world leads back to Adam Smith’s 1776 Wealth of Nations, to Thomas Paine’s 1792 Rights of Man, and in the nineteenth century to John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. The German language’s most famous manifesto was Wilhelm von Humboldt’s “Ideas for an Attempt to Determine the Limits of the State’s Effectiveness,” first published in 1792. While not explicitly using the term school choice, the essay speaks of the need to protect a people’s education from state control. In all of these instances the growing presence of modern state administrations had provoked a debate over the provision of schooling for a state’s or country’s children.


Civil Society Public School School Choice Public School System School Fund 
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