Phil Boyle, a public service associate in governmental training, education and development at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has penned Preserving the Public in Public Schools, along with Del Burns, a consultant and director of education services for GMK Associates and a former North Carolina superintendent.
More than two centuries after the American Revolution, public schools serve as political battlefields for debates about religious freedom, and whether students should be allowed to wear U.S. flag T-shirts.
This book explores the purposes of public schools, the competing visions of public education and the values of the public good that comprise the public in public schools.
It looks at the drive to educate children and the passion about how to educate them.
The book also contends that public schools have little to do with children.