Second Global International Studies Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2008
22 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2009
Date Written: July 26, 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.
Keywords: education, human rights, public goods, vouchers, India, Sweden, Finland
JEL Classification: H52, I28
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Willmore, Larry, Basic Education as a Human Right Redux (July 26, 2008). Second Global International Studies Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1501925