Basic Education as a Human Right Redux
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
July 26, 2008
Second Global International Studies Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2008
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises free elementary education and free choice of schools to children and their parents. International fora emphasise the first right while neglecting the second. This essay examines arguments for limiting school choice and finds each of them to be unconvincing. It then describes three school systems: India, with free choice, but only for those who can afford to pay; Sweden, with taxpayer-funded free choice for everyone; and Finland, which allows parents almost no choice at all in basic education.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: education, human rights, public goods, vouchers, India, Sweden, Finland
JEL Classification: H52, I28working papers series
Date posted: November 9, 2009
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