Essays in Education


The development of this paper describes uniquely the mechanics of choice in the delivery of education services relative to the public school system and school options. Three components, which magnify choice, are consumer (parents), market (pupils), and producer (government). Macbeth (1989) notes that there are four groups of people who benefit from the education system, namely: (1) the pupil (children) (2) the parent (3) the owners of a school (government) and (4) society at large. The first three beneficiaries of the education system are appropriately linked to the three components of choice as illustrated in the model and discussed in the paper. The fourth is deliberately eliminated for the purposes of the model but at the discretion of the reader, can be described as the external environment where the process of microeconomic choice is manifested. In addition, several lessons and constraints of choice are presented.

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