Public Schools

As we continue our shift into ever more focus on culture wars, the results are unsurprising: more attacks on public schools. To be sure, there are ample problems in public schools (and plenty in private ones too). I think the essay is interesting both for its lack of emphasis on mission to the schools (we think of this only as an individual – what’s best for me and my kids) as well as for the obvious fact that the alternatives are available only to those with at least a certain means and family structure. In other words, you can’t be a good parent if your children must be in public schools because you are single or poor, for example (or at least we can raise some questions!). I find this more guilt inducing than helpful. I’ve tried always to say each child and each situation is different; we’ve done multiple strategies. I believe that is healthier.

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