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Why We Fight: Do Public Schools Cause Social Conflict? POLICY FORUM Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:00 PM (Luncheon to Follow)
Featuring: Neal McCluskey, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Charles Haynes, Senior Scholar and Director of Education Programs, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center; and Gerald Bracey, Associate, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.
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Many Americans believe that public schools are the gentle flame beneath the Great American Melting Pot – that they are the best, perhaps the only, means of fostering social cohesion and good citizenship. But are they?
A new report from Cato's Center for Educational Freedom argues that, in reality, public schooling is inherently divisive. In "Why We Fight: How Public Schools Cause Social Conflict," Neal McCluskey explains that public schooling forces everyone to pay for a single official system that does not – and indeed cannot – reflect the public's diverse and often conflicting views. The inevitable result of this system, he concludes, is endless social discord over what is taught.