I have to lead with a language warning, because some publications just don't care whether they offend readers. Anyhow. I don't think the argument offered here is especially convincing. Here's the gist: we would condemn the drug industry if it made the same promises a college does without proper standard testing, clinical trials or randomized controlled experiments. Maybe. But the preponderance of evidence does show that people who get an education earn more, reason better, and make greater contributions to society. To me the real ethical question for education is the same as for medicine and pharmaceuticals: the high cost of access. But that, I guess, would make me a socialist, not a libertarian. So why link to this article? I think it's useful for people to see the arguments against a public education system being lined up so we can better understand that the status quo is something that is coming under increasing scrutiny and questioning.