Profit and education aren’t mutually exclusive

Ian Lindquist, American Enterprise Institute, Aug 02, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think that the people arguing for the privatization of education are going to have to come up with better arguments. Writing for US News & World Report, Ian Lindquist says, "Education is not the only sector that provides public goods. Indeed, there are many public goods handled by private companies: hospitals, prisons and transportation systems operated by for-profit providers ensure public health, public safety and public transportation." These examples prove quite the opposite. The privatization of hospitals, prisons and transportation has proven to be to the detriment of all three services, resulting in lower standards (sometimes verging on abuse) and higher costs.

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