When I was taking a directed studies class as an econ major, one of my quasi socialist professors insisted we also read Milton Friedman to balance things out.

One thing that struck me was that Milton Friedman (Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition) supported general liberal education by a country of its citizens.  While Brigham Young wasn’t supportive of public education (he felt that free education lost its value and did not like taxes) he supported liberal arts education.  People tend to forget that the Salt Lake Theatre was built before the Salt Lake Temple.

In times of shrinking budgets, it is easy to forget that skills training, the things that go into teaching a trade or a profession, can be financed by charging people for it.  But liberal education, those things that bind us together with common values, common culture, and common meaning, is something that many, from Brigham Young to Milton Friedman have endorsed as essential to the health of a nation.

Who do you think said:

A stable and democratic society is impossible without widespread acceptance of some common set of values and without a minimum degree of literacy

What about:

Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.

Who attempted to create a university to provide free education, which he felt should require of each student both liberal education and a trade?

What do you think about education in today’s economic and political climate?  Is there a place for liberal arts education?  Should I forget about political posts and go back to other topics?