Frank Breslin: A Moral Vision of Schooling

Diane Ravitch's blog

These days we seem to have forgotten what schools are for. Our national leaders see them only as economic institutions, preparing students for careers and college. Business leaders see them as workplace training.

Frank Breslin, a retired high school teacher of German, Latin, and history, has a vision of schooling that is far broader than training to get a job or get ahead.

This is how he begins:

“A school is a sacred place. It reveres every child as a being of infinite worth and dignity, whatever his or her ability.

“A school is about teaching children the skills they need to prevail in a world that makes it difficult to keep one’s bearings.

“It is about helping them develop belief in themselves and instilling trust in their own judgment to think for themselves.”

Children are not just future workers. They are human beings, each deserving the best education we…

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