From Diane Ravitch’s Blog, a principal in New York answers this fundamental question. Please read and share.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Why do we have public schools? Would we be better off, as certain reformers now think, if everyone had school choice and went to a charter or used a voucher to go to a private or religious school?

Do we need public schools?

I asked Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, New York, how she would answer these questions.

How would you answer?

This is what Carol wrote:

“When I think of the purpose of public schooling I always think of Dewey’s famous phrase that is stenciled into the entrance wall of Teacher’s College ““Schools are the fundamental method of social progress and reform” (Dewey,1897). I believe that these words are as true today as when they were first included in John Dewey’s “Pedagogic Creed” .

“There is a compact that exists between a community and its public school. It is a promise that the…

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