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Heather Clayton Staker at Innosight Institute crystalizes why Public Education is so important for this nation. I find her ideas inspiring, and good to reflect upon going into the new school year. I am so inspired by teachers who have a passion for what they do, and Heather succinctly captures why we should care and support our public education system.

 

Her essay was posted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, here:

http://www.ssireview.org/opinion/entry/in_defense_of_public_education/

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Comment by Lori Callister on September 8, 2011 at 11:25am
Thoughtful comments, Karla. Very astute. I am hopeful our nation's leadership (and states) can set aside, in this volatile time, differences and focus on the over-arching theme and need for public education. Starting there, we can have good conversations, like yours, to point out how we shape this thing called public education.
Comment by Karla O'Donald on September 7, 2011 at 8:47pm
Thank you for the post.  I read the article and it feels me with hesitation and concern.  I believe that public education is vital, but I don't know that I agree with many of her points. When she uses the ideal of the founding fathers we must not forget that they were thinking of an specific type of individual and that many people were going to be left out of the opportunity of this education.  Sure, we have made some changes, but are we still leaving people out of this democratic opportunity?  School providing shelter to kids is a kind and hopefull thought.  The child or student more and more is being treated and seen as a skilled worker as she mentions and this two points are contradictory.  Are we to produce and also care? Both?  When? How? Not everyone is prepared to do this and some are unwilling.  Also, not everyone should attend college, there are plenty of people that need to focus on an apprentenship and our society should relearned and appreciate the value of these skills. I do think that the educational system is amendable, but not by policymakers but by teachers like you that are positive and hopeful about the educational system.  You know much more about what your students need than an administrator calculating the amount of money a student is worth.  Thank again. 

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