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!