MASSON: Consider the key community effects of public schools
As Mr. Masson notes, public schools are “…“e pluribus unum” on the local level… a communal “third place”—a place that is not home or work but is a place where (in addition to education) social mingling and civic activity takes place.
The fragmentation caused by public funding of private schools and even public funding of charter schools erodes that unification.
I wish that “reformers” appreciated this crucial aspect of public education… but they view schools as a “choice” consumers make in
the marketplace” instead of a crucial civic good.
Schools help create a knowledgeable citizenry that can be economically productive and civically involved.