Mask Protests at School Board Meetings Are Part of Larger Assault on Public Education

Mask Protests at School Board Meetings Are Part of Larger Assault on Public Education

All three of my children went to an elementary school named after Horace Mann, the father of American public education. He knew quite well its value to a democratic republic. “Education is a capital to the poor man,” he said, “and an interest to the rich man.” In other words, it would be the way for the poor to rise to possess what the rich had by birth. My father spent 35 years in public education. (Yes, he sent me to parochial schools, but that was his Catholic thing. All three of my children went through the public schools.) When he came back from World War II, he told his sister that he wanted to work with kids because of what he’d seen through the binoculars in the North Atlantic …
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