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Why Educate?

by Martha Minow - 2008

We agreed that the great flaw in the American public school system is its systematic and pervasive denial to poor (and disproportionately nonwhite) children of the chance to get a good education. We agreed that much can be done within the contours of public schooling to overturn this egregious inequity and that such a change can also foster other goals of public education—eliminating racial discrimination, training children to be democratic citizens, promoting respect for difference along with appreciation of commonality, opening up an array of new dreams for children to consider, seeking to ensure that all children are taught as much as they can learn

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 307-310
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22923, Date Accessed: 1/22/2020 7:16:39 AM

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  • Martha Minow
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    Martha Minow is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Her research interests include inequality, human rights, transitional societies, the relationship between law and social change, and the relationship between religion and pluralism. After her graduation from Yale Law School and prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Minow clerked for Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. This essay was written expressly for publication in this volume.
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