From LARB, what’s wrong with our schools and what can we do about it? Give parents money, not universal Pre-K: There’s no better way to help children develop and succeed. Segregation has been the story of New York City’s schools for 50 years (and more). Laurie Gwen Shapiro on how a thirteen-year-old girl smashed the gender divide in American high schools. What happens when a school district votes to arm teachers? Thomas Baxter on the grim realities of training to kill one of his own students. Is the U.S. a democracy? A social studies battle turns on the nation’s values. The struggle to save our schools: How do we go about putting democracy back into public education? Teaching citizenship: Education’s most important job is to teach students to take an active role in their democracy, starting in their own communities.

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