What Ralph Waldo Emerson Might Say About School Reform Today

Diane Ravitch's blog

This arrived in my email. It came from a retired school teacher in Nebraska. He said the retired teachers will not sit by and watch the capture of our public schools by corporations. The retires helped to defeat a charter bill in Nebraska.

He wrote:

Hi Diane

Just received the following letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson with a request that I send it to the good people in New England. Please help with this task.

My Dear New England Friends,

I hear that billionaires are attempting to take over our public schools. Do not let them do that. Our schools are not for sale. Here are words I used when lecturing and writing about New England’s public school gift to the United States:

“I praise New England because it is THE country in the world with the freest expenditure for education. Starting with the first planning of the colonies, New…

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