Tammy found the following article and commented on it at her blog.
- Edspresso, Alliance for School Choice, 25 July 2006,Â Legalizing Markets in Happiness and Well-BeingÂ Â Â Â
Opportunities for gambling and pornography have proliferated and are flush with capital because there are active, dynamic markets in these activities.Â It is, at present, easier to create a dynamic, innovative enterprise offering gambling or pornography than it is to devote oneself to humane education. The legal environment has very substantially contributed to this circumstance.
I believe that people passionately want to do what is good, they want to provide services to others that represent quality, they want to seek out that which is best for themselves and for their children.Â If we who want to supply that which is better and healthier are constantly crippled and harassed, then it might appear, as it does to some, that people don’t desire that which is good.Â And my reply is: Well, before coming to that conclusion, let’s look at the asymmetry of power between the kind of education that is supported by law vs. the kind of education that is marginalized by law.Â Perhaps if we legalized markets in happiness and well-being, we entrepreneurs of happiness and well-being could compete successfully.
This article may not seem like it’s about homeschooling at first. But the truth is, this article is a good argument for the irrelevence of home schooling parents being certified to teach school. It’s also a good parallel argument as to why homeschooling would lose its benefits under heavy regulation.