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Schoolhouse Burning

Schoolhouse Burning

Author Derek W. Black
Publisher Public Affairs
Publication Date 2020-09-20
Section Education / New Hardcover - Nonfiction
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781541788442

The full-scale assault on public education threatens not just public education but American democracy itself.

Public education as we know it is in trouble. Derek W. Black, a legal scholar and tenacious advocate, shows how major democratic and constitutional developments are intimately linked to the expansion of public education throughout American history. Schoolhouse Burningis grounded in pathbreaking, original research into how the nation, in its infancy, built itself around public education and, following the Civil War, enshrined education as a constitutional right that forever changed the trajectory of our democracy. Public education, alongside the right to vote, was the cornerstone of the recovery of the war-torn nation.

Today's current schooling trends -- the declining commitment to properly fund public education and the well-financed political agenda to expand vouchers and charter schools -- present a major assault on the democratic norms that public education represents and risk undermining one of the unique accomplishments of American society.

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