“If progressives want to improve schools, we shouldn’t empty them out. We ought to flood them with our kids, and then debate vociferously what they ought to be doing.”
These are the concluding lines of Dana Goldstein’s inspection of the progressive credentials of politically liberal homeschoolers in Slate (Liberals, Don’t Homeschool Your Kids, February 16, 2012). While there’s a lot to argue about in that piece, right now I’m content to praise it for promoting public schooling as a political virtue. Which it is.
Here are two more pro-public school pieces that brought a smile to my face this week:
- Affluent, Born Abroad and Choosing New York’s Public Schools, Kirk Semple, New York Times, February 14, 2012
- No kids in public school? You still benefit, e! Science News, February 17, 2012
I also like this last one, though only tenuously connected to schooling, because it recognizes a trend that will only help neighborhood public schools thrive (with your help, of course):
- Most Americans want a walkable neighborhood, not a big house, Nona Willis Aronowitz, GOOD Lifestyle, February 7, 2012
Happy reading! And if you live in Baltimore, register to volunteer in a Baltimore City Public School today!