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Political Science General

Keeping the Public in Public Education

by (author) Rick Salutin

Linda Leith Publishing
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
General, Philosophy & Social Aspects
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In this trenchant essay, Salutin explores and defends public education at a time when the public sector "dares not utter its name for fear of derision and worse." He simplifies complex issues with the observation that "almost anything can work" if educators are genuinely committed and teachers are respected rather than demonized. He travels to Finland to study the world's most successful public education system. He challenges the sacred cow of educational "choice" and emphasizes that public element of public education instils a natural pride in community and diversity, something no other form of teaching can offer.

About the author

Rick Salutin has written award-winning drama (Les Canadiens, 1837), fiction (A Man of Little Faith) and journalism (op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail from 1991-2010 and the Toronto Star since then). He has taught almost continuously, in some manner, since he was about 15, including a course in the Canadian Studies program at University College, the University of Toronto, since 1978.

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Editorial Reviews

"Teachers will find this little book heartening, administrators will feel their problems are recognized, and those of us who believe that public education is one of Canada's greatest gifts to its citizenry will now have new tools to back up our claims. At a time when many of our public institutions are being dismissed as unnecessary, inefficient, or the product of outdated lefty beliefs, Salutin comes out swinging in favour of public education and against the trends toward privatization, corporatization, the free market, and deregulation that he sees threatening it. In this series of articles (originally published in theToronto Star in 2011), he looks at testing and accountability, school choice, equity, teaching, and what defines the 'public' in public education. He argues that society's current love-in with the free market is based more on faith than on evidence, and he urges us to protect public education from the ever-encroaching 'religion' of privatization." Education Canada, Summer 2012

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