Back Story on Public Education

Readers of this blog know I’m a fan of BackStory Radio.  You may be interested to hear that they are preparing a piece on the history of public education in this country and are interested in hearing from you.

The description from their site:

In 1983, the Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation at Risk, comparing our low educational standards to a kind of warfare against America’s youth.   But Americans have been lamenting our schools since before schools even existed.  So why do we have so much faith in a system we condemn? Why have schools, themselves, been the locus of assimilation, Civil Rights and culture wars? Whose idea was “free” and “universal” education? And have we reached a pinnacle in the struggles over standardization?

Has school just gotten  in the way of education? Share your comments and questions!


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