Reason.tv: Jay Greene on Making Schools Better


Jay Greene is the author of numerous studies demonstrating that more choice in education leads to better outcomes. A professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas and a fellow at the George W. Bush institute , Greene is also the author of Education Myths: What Special-Interest Groups Want You to Believe About our Schools—and Why It Isn't So.

Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie sat down with Greene at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., to talk about why competition makes schools better.

This interview is part of National School Choice Week, a non-partisan initiative to raise awareness of how competition and choice can transform K-12 education.

Approximately 5 minutes. Filmed by Jim Epstein and Meredith Bragg, and edited by Epstein.

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  1. More money should be spent on those who are capable of learning and desire to learn. Less spent on the ones who don’t.

  2. It is obvious that the way to improve schools is raise taxes on the rich and institute on the VAT, and then spend more money on schools.

    8 years of libertarianism under Bush led to the financial meltdown in the US. Having free-markets applied to the school system would necessarily led to the exact same result. This is undisputable to anyone who isn’t an ideologically impaired libertard.

    Raising taxes and spending more money on a problem has worked well every single time it’s been tried. That is an objective fact.

    Since it’s so obvious that I am right and my arguments unassailable, anyone who argues with me is by definition wrong. And, if you don’t argue with me, it’s because you accept that I am right.

    Now, it’s time for me to engage in some charity because I am morally superior. By charity, I mean advocating for higher taxes. I don’t like working around disadvantaged children. They smell.

  3. vouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchersvouchers

    1. Typical libertardian fare. Vouchers will solve all our problems.

      Again, the ONLY solution is to raise taxes and spend more. Then, education will get much better here.

      Anything else is a libertarian wet dream.

  4. V O U C H E R S V O U C H E R S V O U C H E R S V O U C H E R S V O U C H E R S

  5. jp greene’s research is deeply flawed and extremely biased towards finding in favor of vouchers, charters, and choice. Look at his research, look at the methodology, look at the missing data that would impact his biased conclusions. Peterson, hoxeby and his other allies conduct the same type of pro-choice funded and biased research. Read the research.

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