A Defining Moment
This past week, the existence of the coronavirus pandemic has become a harsh reality for the vast majority of Americans whose lives have been turned upside down. This crisis is not only a defining moment for our country, but it also can be a defining moment for the relationship between our public schools and the communities they serve. In recent years, the Kettering Foundation has focused much of its research on this relationship and concludes that many people no longer believe that they own the public schools. This is a dangerous trend which puts the future of both public education and our democracy in serious jeopardy. The defining moment created by the coronavirus crisis now serves as a window of opportunity to reverse this dangerous trend.