It's time to rethink education

Friday, August 2, 2013

Renowned philosopher Donald Kagan said, “There is no hope for anything if you don’t have a population that buys into its own traditions.” He stressed, “That can only be taught.”

Unfortunately, contemporary issues have diverted attention from American traditions, especially in education. According to the media, education is now all about safety, teacher unions, diversity, bullying, free lunches and nutrition, sex, mandated testing, charter schools, vouchers and buildings.

Why, then, is it a mystery that America spends billions of tax dollars on public schools with disappointing outcomes? If public schools are so great and “free to customers,” why would anyone want to drop out?

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