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Education and Democracy

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"I am opposed to the use of public funds for private education," he said.

"The greatest difference between now and (the 1960s) is that public policy has pretty much eradicated the dream of Martin Luther King."

Privatized education creates separate and unequal. It didn't work 100 years ago and doesn't now, he stresses.

Quasi-privatized charter schools institutionalize class and racial separation, he maintains. Mandated robotized learning through standardized tests is "segregative and divisive."

Culture is starved. "Aesthetics are gone. Joy in learning is regarded as a bothersome distraction." NCLB and RTTT institutionalize "apartheid of the intellect." Kids are "trained to spit up predigested answers." They learn nothing. 

Horace Mann is called the "father of the common school." For him, it meant public ones. He believed universal public education was essential to ensure a nation of informed citizens. His six main educational principles included:

(1) Citizens can't be ignorant and free.

(2) Education should be publicly funded and controlled.

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