A quick note for those of you in the San Diego area. The political philosopher David Schmidtz, with whose work many readers of this blog will be familiar, is going to be giving a public lecture at my institution, the University of San Diego, next Monday, February 9th, at 6:00 PM. The talk is free, and there will be a reception beforehand at the lovely Garden of the Sea, overlooking Mission Bay.
The title of David’s talk is “Markets in Education.” Here’s the blurb:
Should education be bought and sold on the market? Markets sometimes produce inequalities. But what matters more – that people have equal access to education, or that they have adequate access? Food is at least as important to human well-being as education, and we generally trust the market to handle the production and distribution of food. Why should different standards apply to education? If our system of education were as private as our system of supermarkets, what would be the problem?
I hope to see a lot of you there! Feel free to come up and say hi before or afterwards.