Free and compulsory state education is a middle class rip-off, which has damaged the poor and led to lower literacy rates than those in pre 1870 Britain said Professor James Tooley and James Stanfield, editors of Government Failure: E.G. West on Education,* a collection of research, authored by the late E.G. West which shows that government intervention in the education systems of the UK and US has been utterly destructive.
Findings show that young adults literacy was possibly at higher levels in 1870 than it is today after 13 years of full-time state education. 7-8 million people do not have basic literacy and numeracy at present. The case for state intervention in the education system is based on the presumption that, without such intervention, pa