Americans Think School Is for Socializing

An interesting article about one of the most deeply held, but incorrect, assumptions about public school. From the article:

“We’ve romanticized public school and bought it on impulse, at retail price, because it makes us feel good…The culturally dominant idea that the social experience in public school is a critical part of a proper upbringing keeps power centralized in the state and the door to tyranny propped open.”

In my experience, based on the way people talk whenever school is out, it seems that a lot of parents view school as a form of free babysitting. Either way, it is a sad commentary on the state of our views surrounding public education.


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