Robert C. Arne, M.A., M.Litt.
Robert C. Arne, M.A., M.Litt., Headmaster,
was a Ph.D. Candidate and published author in history at the University
of Chicago. As a gifted grammar school student, Robert was bored
with classes and disruptive until his parents placed him in an excellent
private school in Oakland, Head-Royce, where he thrived. He took
an interest in laissez-faire capitalism, Objectivism and Austrian
economics from an early age, and he came to love Milton Friedman's
case for vouchers and tax credits from the time he first read it
at U.C. Berkeley. He hopes to prove the usefulness of these libertarian
perspectives in a grand alliance for educational choice.
Robert graduated from U.C. Berkeley
and graduated with degrees in history, political economy and an
individual major in the Social Sciences. He then obtained a M.Litt.
from a world-class University organized on tutorial principles:
Oxford, England. He holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago
for a thesis that probes the influence upon modern professional
society of a great champion of individual liberty and educational
choice: Herbert Spencer. He taught history and English in five Midwestern
universities before deciding that he preferred working in an entrepreneurial
setting to the corporate and highly-politicized setting of universities.
Robert has taught all subjects in
San Jose area high schools: he managed reform school boys as well
as students of elite academies. More than anything, he loves great
books and ideas; thus, he teaches World Civilizations, American
history and literature to regular and Advanced Placement classes.
In elite after-school classes, he has helped children as young as
eighth grade to obtain college credit.
Robert and his life-long partner
and spouse, Suzanne, blaze new paths for independent professionals
in their own school. At The School of Choice (www.schoolofchoice.com),
they teach critical and creative thinking as it is best taught:
in small seminars with great books. Sympathetic to classical and
Montessori methods, they raise students to higher standards of creativity
and interdependence daily. They also assist hundreds of homeschoolers
to achieve or retain their independence from government.
Mr. Arne assisted with the Proposition
38 campaign and published articles supporting vouchers and educational
freedom. He now works to build an alliance of organizations allied
to CPEC, which can defend education from further regulation and
extend freedom to both parents and industry participants. Though
he represents Libertarian or Republican Liberty elements of the
school choice movement, he favors cooperation with any person or
organization willing to extend school choice. School choice is not
just a matter of efficiency or improved social equity; it is an
essential freedom of the mind as necessary to free society as freedom
of speech or the press.
"To compel a man to furnish
contributions of money for the propagation of opinions
which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."
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