Kizmet you have a good argument, but that being said the rules of economy as you know are based upon seemingly exclusive motivations that work towards a common good. As a seller/producer I want to sell my goods and make as much money as possible. As a purchaser/consumer I want to buy my goods as cheaply with the best quality as possible. These motivations are contrary yet proven to be a working model in the free market. What I don't understand is why this is okay in everything from medicine to technology but somehow the same priciples applied to education causes so much wailing and moaning. While it’s true the middle man may walk away leaving the school worse off than before, there is no motivation to do so. The middle man will use innovation, technology, etc. to hedge his/her investment to ensure success. They are motivated by profit and for them to walk away is an unacceptable loss, especially where investors are concerned. From a business standpoint I believe the investors and middle man stand as much if not more to lose. Secondly I have yet to find a for-profit school or a school using a for profit service that has actually become worse off because of that service. They may exist but if they do, I haven’t heard of them and I would argue that they would certainly be the exception.