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Achieving the ideal of “E pluribus unum”

hainesAn interesting quote is making the rounds on social media.

Dante Alighieri wrote, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Silence, therefore, can only be construed as assent to expressions of hatred for “the other.”

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What kind of society do we seek?

haines“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people,” wrote Tom Clancy. As we enter the Age of Information, that elitist control is likely to manifest itself as a denial-of-access to a complete education for any but the privileged.

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Public education serves the common good

hainesMaintenance of the commons – resources belonging to or affecting the whole of a community – constitutes an important liberal ideal. The endeavor of providing a complete education to all children demands the support of our public schools in the interest of sustaining a well-informed society.

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