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Neal McCluskey: Public Schools Increase Social Tension

December 9, 2013

It’s a common belief that public schools promote civic harmony. But history and research actually indicates the opposite—that public schools increase social tension. This becomes more  obvious around the holidays, when the news teems with stories of people squabbling over whether kids can bring Bible verses-laden candy canes to school, how many Christmas carols to allow in pageants, and what to call Christmas break. Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, joins the podcast to explain why forcing everyone to do the same thing makes them angrier. See his National Review Online post on the topic, his 2007 paper, and Cato’s Public Schooling Battle Map.