I think, when it comes to schools, it's important that the body involved be public, transparent, self-sustaining (not fiscally dependent on a private body), and as close to those affected as reasonable.
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September 24, 2013
September 19, 2013
We also might want to consider that what we see as a clash of interests is really just a clash of ideology.
September 17, 2013
As long as we don't tackle "learning" democracy with as much seriousness as math and literacy it's hardly puzzling why in times of real or imagined crises the first victims will over and over again be democratic norms.