Red State Rabble finds it fascinating that those on the right who rail against multiculturalism --aka religious, racial, and ethnic tolerance -- are for the Balkanization of the nation's school system.One of the most powerful arguments for the public school system - that it helps create a common American identity - is something that ought to appeal to conservatives. At other times, they worry about Muslim schools in the U.S. and Europe that let immigrants avoid assimilating into the larger culture. Why, then, are they so often down on public schools?
"Parental choice" otherwise known as vouchers will encourage economic, racial, ethnic, and religious stratification in Kansas. Our country was built on our ability to unify a diverse population around common goals, and the public education system has been a key player in that process.
It must be defended.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
American culture and the schools
Andrew J. Coulson of the Cato Institute has proposed settling the Intelligent Design debate by abolishing public schools. He's not the first conservative to do so. Red State Rabble comments: