James Buchanan (1919-Oct.-03 to 2013-Jan.-09)

Don Bourdeaux observes: "Jim died this past January.  Were he still alive, he would today celebrate his 94th birthday."

James Buchanan attributed his success, in part, to his education in a one-room schoolhouse. Since the teacher could not instruct all students simultaneously, she allowed those students who could study on their own to work through the material without her help.

Self-paced, well-scripted curricula would demonstrate the irrelevance of a large swath of the public-sector workforce and so threaten the $500 billion+ per year revenue stream that flows through the "public" school system.