Jerry Kirkpatrick's new book, Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: Educational Theory for a Free Market in Education, presents a provocative synthesis of the educational philosophies of Maria Montessori and John Dewey, with the economic philosophies of Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises. At the center of Kirkpatrick's thesis is the belief that public education be subject to a free market model. Kirkpatrick holds that students would thrive in an educational system free from all forms of coercion; something he believes can only be accomplished in a free market educational system that is not bound by government intervention. He borrows from Ayn Rand in arguing that only the individual matters and that all forms of imposed authority, including compulsory, state-run education, need to be abolished.

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