ReasonNYC - Private Schools for All

Location: Museum of Sex, New York City

Private Schools for All, featuring James Tooley in conversation with John Tierney 

New York City

The accepted wisdom is that private schools serve the privileged; everyone else, especially the poor, requires public school. The poor, so this logic goes, need government assistance if they are to get a good education.

But James Tooley’s research shows that entrepreneurs in some of the most destitute places on Earth have found innovative ways of providing education to the poor, creating a large and growing industry of private schools. Couldn’t the same happen in wealthier countries – and even the U.S.?

John Tierney will interview Dr James Tooley, a professor of education policy at Newcastle University (UK), and director of the E.G. West Centre. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree (Penguin), a best-seller in India and winner of the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize, based on his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa.



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