Horace Mann, often called the father of American public schooling, and others argued that government-run common schools were necessary to bring together children from diverse backgrounds and to inculcate a uniform set of American values that would contribute to a stable and cohesive democratic society. Taxpayer-funded and government-run schools exist in all 50 states. This likely is attributable to many people with good intentions, like Mann, thinking that common schools could improve society overall. However, there are opportunity costs to maximizing education. For example, someone who pursues 10 college degrees may achieve a well-rounded and advanced education without contributing much to other individuals in society.
Why education isn’t a public good — and why government doesn’t have to provide it
Education is a public good, not a private commodity
Despite several attempts to dispel the idea that K education meets the economic criteria for a public good, this trope is still kicking around. But what do people even mean when they say education is a public good? Think of air, or a pdf file, or a neighborhood fireworks show. And my neighbor could not effectively exclude me from enjoying those things. K education has neither of these qualities. First, it is rivalrous as long as you think class size affects educational quality , for instance, you believe education is rivalrous to some degree. K education is also excludable.
Is Public Schooling a Public Good? An Analysis of Schooling Externalities
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