Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm sorry to hear that Marshall Fritz passed away

Susan of Corn and Oil reports that Marshall Fritz, founder of Alliance for the Separation of School and State, passed away. Susan has a link to an article by Lisa Snell about Marshall Fritz. Lisa writes:

Marshall Fritz, the longtime libertarian leader who founded the Advocates for Self-Government and created the world-famous World's Smallest Political Quiz, died November 4th of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65.
I knew Marshall Fritz as the founder of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State. He wisely advised that "Sunday School, Monday School—Neither is the Business of Government." He wrote, "some people think that the American "public school system" is broken so they try to fix it. The truth is that public schooling is not broken. Rather, it is succeeding in its main objective—strengthening government by undermining parents..."
As education reform advocates argued about what counts as markets in education and what are legitimate forms of school choice—from vouchers to tax credits to charter schools—Marshall was never willing to settle for half-measures. As he advised in a 2005 reason piece, "Let a Thousand Choices Bloom," "Start with your own children. Remove them from school-by-government. You'll not be paying twice for education: You'll pay taxes for the state to harm other people's children, but you'll pay only once for education—your children's."


I never had a chance to know Marshall, but I did have a brief email exchange with Marshall a couple years back about SepCon, a conference on the Separation of School and State.

I think he was one of the good guys. He'll be missed.

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