Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? (Paperback)


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As an outgrowth of the foundation’s public education research, Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? explores how communities once acted together to create schools. This book describes what communities once did to diffuse knowledge by focusing on the creation of the first public schools. The setting is frontier Alabama, yet every state has similar stories. By exposing the tightly coupled relationship between communities and their schools, David Mathews finds that cooperation and civic involvement are necessary to resolve today’s educational crisis.

David Mathews, secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Ford administration and a former president of the University of Alabama, is president of the Kettering Foundation.

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