Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cato Institute doesn't have a clue about democracy: democracy naturally brings conflicts out in the open

Why We Fight
How Public Schools Cause Social Conflict

by Neal McCluskey

It is all too often assumed that public education
as we typically think of it today—schooling
provided and controlled by government—constitutes
the “foundation of American democracy.”
Such schooling, it is argued, has taken people of
immensely varied ethnic, religious, and racial
backgrounds and molded them into Americans
who are both unified and free. Public schooling,
it is assumed, has been the gentle flame beneath
the great American melting pot.

Unfortunately, the reality is very different from
those idealized assumptions. Indeed, rather than
bringing people together, public schooling often
forces people of disparate backgrounds and beliefs
into political combat...

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