Equality and the Schools

Whitney, Frank P.
October 1912
Education;Oct1912, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p84
Academic Journal
This article discusses a relationship between democracy, equality, and public elementary and secondary education. The philosopher Plato ridiculed democracy as a form of government that dispenses equality to equals and non-equals alike. The system of education operates on the misconception that equality can be achieved by ignoring or denying the diversity of talents and abilities among school children, or by submerging excellence in a sea of mediocrity and commonplace. Education is organized and systematized in the interests of the majority.


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