BackStory's "History of Public Education" show is up! Be sure to tune in.
School Days: A History of Public Education
In 1983, the Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation at Risk, comparing low educational standards to a kind of warfare against youth. But hand-wringing over our school system is an American perennial, going all the way back to the Founding. In this episode, the History Guys explore the origins of public education, and ask whether we set ourselves up for disappointment by expecting so much from our schools. Guests include historian Jon Zimmerman and Alicia Lugo, who attended segregated schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, and went on to run the city's school board.
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