Truly Public Schools Must Form Engaged Citizens and Then Engage Those Citizens in Shaping School Policy


This blog will take a week long Thanksgiving break.  Look for a new post on November 29.  Good wishes for Thanksgiving!

In its October 2018 issue, Phi Delta Kappan magazine features a pair of articles that, from two entirely different perspectives, trace declining civic engagement around public education to the philosophy at the heart of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.

In Preparation for Capable Citizenship: The Schools’ Primary Responsibility, Michael Rebell worries that schools driven by a pinched, test-and-punish agenda—schools designed to force all students to demonstrate basic proficiency in language arts and math—have narrowed the curriculum and dangerously reduced what has been understood historically a primary purpose of public schools: the formation of engaged citizens.  Rebell is the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is an attorney and one of the founders of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity…

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