Educating Our Nation: Public Schools and Our Democracy, Past, Present, and Future

My block had all kinds of families—Protestant, Catholic, and unobserving; Japanese-American, Irish-American, German-American, and of course, ourselves, as new Americans from India. Our parents had all kinds of jobs—some had graduate degrees, and others had not gone to college. We were a diverse community—and yet we all came together. And of course most of us went to the local public school.


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