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July 21, 2007

Friedman and education voutchers

Follow-up to Back in Leamington Spa from The URSS Blog

I was glad to be able to get a bus to campus this morning , after there was even more of this terrible whether last night. Anyway, everything worked out.
There is no particular system I use to get through the German literature which I brought from Frankfurt, except possible relevance for my report which is due on Monday. There I intend to sketch some of the defining features of the German higher education system; of course an incredibly broad task.
The first two pieces I read today were published by a German think tank called “Bertelsman Stiftung”, a driving force behind higher education reform in Germany. On of the authors was a already known to me through the media, Lothar Spät, and he sort of said exactly what I expected from him to say. Namely the cure for the German higher education system is competition. More interestingly though, he mentioned the a system of education vouchers to secure social sustainability of such an amendment.
This reminded me that it may be useful to consult good old Milton Friedman on the matters, since I remembered him to be a very prominent advocate of such a system in education.
The reason why I mentioned this is, because it made me aware how important it is to use the resources the library offers. Even though, I also tried to find some statement in Giddens’s ‘Third Way’ on the issue, but I could find anything ( despite a refrence in one of the articles).

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