HeadLocke No. 57: Educational pluralism for the United States

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HeadLocke No. 57: Educational pluralism for the United States

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Most of us think of traditional district schools — funded by tax dollars, run by the government — when we think about public education. Any other use of public funds for educational purposes seems to fly in the face of that model. In reality, the American system of public education is an outlier. The democratic norm around the world is “educational pluralism.” Ashley Rogers Berner, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, discusses pluralism and its potential benefits for American education in a recent report for the Manhattan Institute, as well as her 2016 book, Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School. Mitch Kokai and John Locke Foundation President and CEO Kory Swanson chat with Berner about her findings.

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