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ERIC Number: ED503799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan-1
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Why We Still Need Public Schools: Public Education for the Common Good
Kober, Nancy
Center on Education Policy
This report highlights the history and importance of public education in the United States, dating back to its establishment as a necessary institution for the young republic and Horace Mann's efforts to promote a common school for all. The report focuses on how and why the U.S. system of public education came into being; the six core public missions that public schools have been expected to fulfill, such as unifying a diverse population, preparing people for democratic citizenship, and ensuring equal opportunities for all children; and why these missions are relevant today and why the nation must maintain them while pursuing reforms to help all schools live up to these core ideals. (Information and Data sources are referenced by page.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, IN.
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States