On this episode, redefinED’s executive editor speaks with longtime education choice advocate Bolick, who is co-founder of the Institute for Justice. Now serving as an associate justice on the Arizona Supreme Court, Bolick recently co-authored Unshackled: Freeing America’s K-12 Education System.

Ladner and Bolick discuss the book and imagine what a K-12 education system would look like if it were being built from scratch today. Most traditional schools, Bolick says, are nowhere close to where they need to be if America is to continue its economic prosperity and remain competitive with other developed countries. Education savings accounts, Bolick believes, are the most powerful tool for bringing about improvement in public education.

“We have the ability to deliver a highly personalized, high quality education opportunity to every child in the country today at a fraction of the cost we spend on education. We are so far from that.”


·       Bolick’s critique of the current education system and his commonsense principles for creating a 21st century K-12 education system

·       Why Bolick believes education savings accounts are the future of public education

·       How the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds

·       Test score comparisons to countries spending less on education that belie the fallacy that increased funding can cure America’s educational woes

·       How the best teachers can innovate and thrive in a new public education paradigm


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