Hayek to join Marx in the School Curriculum

F. A. Hayek and Milton Friedman will now be taught along side Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes in the high school curriculum of Texas — “a debacle for public education” according to one leftist critic.

UPDATE:  Free Market Mojo weighs in on the storm of controversy:

Um, what’s the problem?  Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek are tremendously influential figures, not just in the field of economics. Can a truly honest study of the past century ignore their contributions to the world? I don’t think so. Mention them and criticize them if you must, but don’t ignore them.

I will say this though, this issue could easily be avoided if the government didn’t directly run schools.

This entry was posted in Influence. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Hayek to join Marx in the School Curriculum

  1. Malthus says:

    Hayek on the curriculum is good. The extreme politicisation is of education is very bad. What in effect we have here is politicians trying to force their values on each others children. Also having Hayek associated with causes like the denial of evolution and religious fundamentalism is not good at all, and ironic given Hayeks explicit support for biological evolution as a partial explanations for human values, and constitutions that do not privilege some peoples values over others.

    This just opens the deserved addition of Hayek to the curriculum to mindless partisan attack & removal as soon as the political winds change. It would be preferable for parents to decide what is taught at each school through profit based competition, or failing that vouchers ect.

  2. Greg Ransom says:

    Malthus, the school curriculum has always been politicized.

    The content of my own government high school education was mostly determined by my leftist / Democrat partisan “civics” teachers themselves.

    There is no real “solution” to this problem — all sorts of different people will determine the content of the curriculum no matter what system is chosen.

    What’s happening in Texas is democracy — a push back of the people against an elite education establishment with a 100 year legacy of hostility to the founding traditions of the American Republic.

    Democracy isn’t pretty — but neither is the checkered intellectual tradition of the American elite.

Comments are closed.