4 thoughts on “Outsourcing tuition to India will benefit pupils and could promote free-market reform of the education system”

  1. Posted 08/10/2010 at 13:33 | Permalink

    I can’t help the impression that teacher’s unions are among the most reactionary forces in every Western country. How come they are always treated as an ‘authoritative voice’ by the media? If a big hotel chain tried to prevent independent backpackers’ hostels from being opened, nobody would believe in their ‘arguments’. Why do people believe the teachers’ unions?

  2. Posted 08/10/2010 at 13:48 | Permalink

    Why not go the whole hog and allow parents to outsource entire schools to India as part of the free-schools programme or, better still, a completely private system? Improved educational outcomes could be achieved at a fraction of the current cost, even including the trip over there.

  3. Posted 10/10/2010 at 09:03 | Permalink

    Monopolistic rent-seeking indeed.

    Richard, you are using the word “allow”! The right term should surely be “stop preventing”.

    Once you have a proper voucher system – not the fake one the Tories have cooked up that still involves centralised capital investment – then as long as an entity can show they are delivering education (and, IMHO, just numeracy and literacy/critical reasoning, otherwise the interference becomes more ideological) objections would then revolve around the rent seeking mentioned.

  4. Posted 11/10/2010 at 11:11 | Permalink

    @Tim – While the proper voucher system you mention would have huge advantages over current arrangements, the associated ‘licensing’ process would still give the government the opportunity to influence the curriculum, teaching methods and so on. Accordingly, a private system based entirely on fees is preferable, with voluntary organisations providing schooling for the less well off.

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