Today Deborah Meier concludes her dialogue with Joe Nathan. Read their full conversation here. Dear Joe, It's been fun, Joe. Our writing back and forth has pushed my thinking. Thanks. I hope we keep trying to figure this out--in many different arenas. We agree on five out of seven of my "dictates" for publicly funded schools and disagree on my more "detailed" description of school governance and your view on choice--as "mandates" anyway. Actually, my seven "dictates" (as the headline read) are hardly that. They are off-the-top-of-my-head efforts to imagine what such dictates/mandates might read like if we were ...
he single most important agreement is that schools in this country should have as one of their central goals: Helping young people develop skills and attitudes necessary to be active, constructive citizens of a democracy.
A school has a public responsibility whenever it accepts public funding. Here are seven dictates that should apply to such publicly funded schools.
Some suburban districts hire detectives and even take families to court, to keep out students, often low income and students of color, from nearby urban districts. I think this is awful. I found many status quo defenders (and I don't see you as one of them) who believe this is perfectly ok.
Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss how schools can teach students about democracy.