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American Public Education and the Responsibility of its CitizensSupporting Democracy in the Age of Accountability$
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Sarah M. Stitzlein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190657383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657383.001.0001

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Critiquing the Changing Practices of Public Schooling

Critiquing the Changing Practices of Public Schooling

(p.63) 4 Critiquing the Changing Practices of Public Schooling
American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens

Sarah M. Stitzlein

Oxford University Press

In chapter four I offer a critique of the new developments in school governance and practices of schooling, highlighting the ways in which they change, challenge, or foreclose aspects of democratic living, good citizenship, or public school functions. I raise these critiques to suggest that we should be wary and critical of some of the schools now operating under the label of “public,” for they may jeopardize some important elements of public living, including commitments to one’s fellow citizens, public goods, equality, and justice. These problems currently unfolding in our schools lend credence and urgency to my claim that citizens have a responsibility to act on behalf of public schools and the forms of democracy they enable and, at times, embody.

Keywords:   School reform criticism, public school definition, good citizenship development, public school oversight, school management

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