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date: 24 July 2024

Public Schooling and Democracy in the United Stateslocked

Public Schooling and Democracy in the United Stateslocked

  • Sarah M. StitzleinSarah M. StitzleinUniversity of Cincinnati


The health of our democracy in the United States depends directly on our public schools. The relationship between democracy and public schooling was established early in our history, growing and changing as practices and demands of democracy changed. Although we have failed to fully fulfill the relationship, it continues to be a key one for maintaining the strength of our society and our political system. This article clarifies that relationship and offers insight into how it might be maintained and improved.


  • Education, Change, and Development
  • Educational Politics and Policy
  • Educational Purposes and Ideals
  • Educational Theories and Philosophies
  • Education and Society
  • Educational History

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The introduction has been heavily revised as well as the language across the article as a whole. The author also addressed more recent impact factors on public schooling in the US, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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