What Is Public About Public Education?

Frederick M. Hess, Education Week, Jan 08, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There are several ways to read this article. It asks the reader to ponder what is "public" about public education, and then suggests that the distinction between public and private education is a lot less clear than some might think. Indeed, it suggests in passing, it might be argued that a host of schools we call "private" schools should actually be called "public schools." Well. This is a lot like laws that allow "no fat" products to contain fat, or "dolphin safe" tuna to have actually involved the killing of dolphins. At least from where I sit, at least.
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