Deregulating Private Education

From: David

Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 12:23 PM

To: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Subject: Question about educational regulations

Dear Walter:

I hope you´re well. At this moment I´m developing a research on costs for private schools.

In my country, although private education is allowed, it is highly regulated. In fact, schools are classified into three freedom regimes: “regulated freedom”, “monitored freedom” and “controlled regime”. A real madness…

Based on this classification, the national Department of Education authorizes maximum percentages for the increase in tuition. For example, the regulated freedom regime, which is the most “beneficial”, allows schools to increase their prices by up to 5%.

My idea is to propose dismantling these maximum percentages, as well as those three “freedom regimes”, but of course I must make a solid theoretical defense, for which I am consulting the opinion of various experts in the economics of education, like you, with respect to this issue.

How should it be justified that private schools make their charges without taking into account maximum authorized limits?

Thanks a lot for your comments.

Best regards,


Dear David:

I think the best way to pursue this is to go basic: attack public education at its very roots. Without public education, there is only private education. Then, with its virtues more clear, the case for regulating it will be lessened. I think the best way to do that is to attack this book:

Friedman, Milton. 1962. Capitalism and Freedom, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

That is, chapter 6, the one on education.

I’ve written a bit on this subject; some of these publications may be of help to you:

Barnett and Block, 2008; Block, 1991A, 1991B, 1991C, 1992, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014; Block and Cwik, 2007; Block and Dauterive, 2007; Four Arrows and Walter Block, 2010; Goolsby and Block. 2003-2004; Horton and Block, 2001-2002; McGee and Block, 1991; North and Block, 2011; Reel and Block, 2012, 2013; Rome and Block. 2006; Seaman and Block, 2019; Whitehead, and Block. 1999, 2000; Young and Block. 1999;

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2008. “Economic categorization.” Laissez-Faire, Issue 28-29, March-September, pp. 4-12;

Block, Walter E. 1991A. Dollars and Sense: “School Vouchers,” January 18; Nelson Daily News;

Block, Walter E. 1991B. “School Vouchers,” Fraser Forum, February, pp. 30-31.

Block, Walter E. 1991C. “School’s Out for Educational Socialism,” British Columbia Report, v. 2, n. 26, February 25, p. 4.

Block, Walter E. 1991. “Educational Socialism,” Fraser Forum, April, pp. 30-31

Block, Walter E. 1992. “Political Correctness, Free Speech and Economic Liberty,” Fraser Forum, March, p. 38.

Block, Walter E. 2007. “My Case of and for Coauthoring,” Dialogue, pp. 93-116;

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Attention Students: Should You Get Your Ph.D. and Become a Professor?” June 28; (debate with Gary North)

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Is there a Ph.D. glut in economics in academia?” Romanian Economic and Business Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-26;; reprint in Economics, Management, and Financial Markets , forthcoming, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1;; Password: AddletonAP2009.

Block, Walter E. 2014. “Is econ 101 killing America? A critique of Atkinson and Lind, and Boettke.” Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST); Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 10-22. doi:10.12709/mest.;

Block, Walter E. and Paul Cwik. 2007. “Teaching Business Ethics: A Classificationist Approach,” Business Ethics: A European Review.  Vol. 16, No. 2 April, pp. 98-107;

Block, Walter E. and Jerry Dauterive. 2007. “Political Correctness and the Economics of Higher Education.” Humanomics. Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 230-239;;jsessionid=A4474341C26657A036E9A278B2379E63?contentType=Article&contentId=1637489

Four Arrows and Walter E. Block. 2010. Differing Worldviews: Two Scholars Argue Cooperatively about Justice Education; Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers;[email protected][email protected]

Goolsby, Jerry R. and Walter E. Block. 2003-2004. “Education and Bureaucracy: National Testing and School Privatization,” Texas Education Review;;

Horton, Marshall and Walter E. Block. 2001-2002. “Was Marx an Adjunct?  An Analysis of the Proposition That Part-time Faculty Are Economically Exploited,” Texas Education Review, Vol. 1, No. IV, Winter, pp. 43-46;

McGee, Robert W. and Walter E. Block. 1991. “Academic Tenure: A Law and Economics Analysis,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring, pp. 545-563;; reprinted as McGee, Robert W. and Walter E. Block. “Academic Tenure: An Economic Critique,” in DeGeorge, Richard T., ed., 1997. Academic Freedom And Tenure: Ethical Issues, Rowman & Littlefield, 1997

North, Gary and Walter E. Block. July 24-30, 2011 Auburn, AL, Mises University; Debate on higher education;;;;;

Reel, Jordan and Walter E. Block. 2012. “Public Education: Who is it for?” The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies; Vol. 7, No. 4, October, pp. 66-72;;

Reel, Jordan and Walter E. Block. 2013. “Educational Vouchers: Freedom to Choose?” Contemporary Economics. pp. 111-122, December, DOI:10.5709/ce.1897-9254.126

Rome, Gregory and Walter E. Block. 2006. “Schoolhouse Socialism.” Journal of Instructional Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 83-88;;col1; reprinted as “Voucher Programs Lead to Government Interference in Private Schools,” in Young, Mitchell, ed. 2012. For-Profit Education, Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, pp. 169-176

Seaman, Matthew and Walter E. Block. 2019. “Fahrenheit 451 and the Education System.” Political Dialogues: Journal of Political Theory; Vol. 27, pp. 55-62;;

Whitehead, Roy and Walter E. Block. 1999. “Mandatory Student Fees: Forcing Some to Pay for the Free Speech of Others,” Whittier Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 759-781;

Whitehead, Roy and Walter E. Block. 2000. “Direct Payment of State Scholarship Funds to Church-Related Colleges Offends the Constitution and Title VI,” Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 191-207;;;

Young, Andrew and Walter E. Block. 1999. “Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System,” International Journal of Value Based Management, Vol.12, No. 3, pp. 195-207;

Best regards,



2:33 am on July 28, 2022

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