School voucher advocates must argue the case for free markets — not just social justice — argue Herbert Walberg and Joseph Bast in the Chicago Sun-Times.
A public that does not understand what markets are is being asked to trust them to provide quality educations for their children. A conversation with an average person about how school vouchers would work in practice — as opposed to a conversation about whether school choice is a good idea in theory — reveals many disturbing myths and misunderstandings about capitalism.
Many people believe capitalism encourages greed and exacerbates inequality, tends toward monopoly and low-quality products, and allows corporations to manipulate consumers and waste money on advertising. Most people believe mass illiteracy was commonplace before government took over the funding and operation of schools.
Defending capitalism is hard work, they argue. But it’s necessary.