SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education in America makes clear that universal public education has a tremendous potential to fulfill the democratic ideal. As a public system, the success or failure of public schools depends upon involvement of concerned citizens.
Citizen activism is most powerful when founded on substantive information. The series and this web site offer lessons from history as a context for understanding current issues. In this section we also offer tools for launching civic involvement and conversations about the future of public education.
In this section, we have gathered resources for parents, teachers, future educators and others to help you learn more about whats happening in public education, either in your community or nationally. Resources include:
- a parent guide, with questions to guide you in learning more about your school system.
- a curriculum guide, developed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, to support educators and others in exploring the themes and questions raised in each episode of the series.
- additional resources and links to provide valuable contact information on publications and local and national organizations.
- resources and tips to help you conduct research and discover your school history.
- The Discussion Board, giving citizens from around the country and around the corner opportunities to exchange ideas about key issues impacting public education today.
- Our Get Involved database to help you find organizations around the corner and around the country working on issues relevant to your community.
We hope these tools will inform and inspire you to find your own ways to get involved.