James Tooley, E. G. West Centre, England
Notice of this Monday’s Discover Capitalism meeting in Melbourne, Australia . . .
From: Prodos, Ph: 9428 1234, 0421 221 679
Next week – and possibly beyond – Discover Capitalism™ will be meeting on MONDAY (instead of Tues).
Venue: Grace Food & Wine
306 Bridge Road, Richmond
(opposite the Richmond Town Hall)
This Monday evening we’ll have a look at some of the work of Dr James Tooley of the England-based E. G. West Centre, studying the success stories in non-state funded education across the Third World.
Time: Formal meeting commences at 7.30 PM (sharp) and finishes at 9.30 PM (sharp).
I’ll be there … from around 6.30 PM to set up and have a meal, if you’d care to join me. Otherwise food and drinks, and sweets WILL be available throughout the evening.
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The Financial Times, reports on James Tooley’s work
Almost everybody knows that governments cannot
run factories, farms or shops. But many people
still expect them to do a first-rate job of
delivering education. They are deluded.
Poor parents have realised this already.
They have also done something about it, as
James Tooley … has discovered.
… Prof Tooley has already found that private
schools for the poor perform far better than their
public counterparts, to the chagrin of fond believers
in the honesty and devotion of public sector
He has shown that private schools have lower
teacher absenteeism, lower costs and better
results than public competitors.
This superiority is, without doubt, because they
are accountable to parents, not idle functionaries
and indifferent politicians.
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James Tooley, writing in the Sunday Times:
Bob Geldof and Bono rave about how an extra
1m-plus children are now enrolled in primary
school in Kenya. All these children, the
accepted wisdom goes, have been saved by the
benevolence of the international community – which
must give $7 to $8 billion (�3.8 to �4.4 billion)
per year more so that other countries can
emulate Kenya’s success.
The accepted wisdom is wrong.
It ignores the remarkable reality that the poor
in Africa have not been waiting, helplessly, for
the munificence of pop stars and western chancellors to ensure that their children get a decent education.
Private schools for the poor have emerged in huge
numbers in some of the most impoverished slums
and villages in Africa. They cater for a majority of
poor children and outperform government schools,
for a fraction of the cost.
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It would be a pleasure to see you and think with you on MONDAY, so I hope you’ll be able to make it along!