My husband and I are going to a salon dinner next week. It’s basically a dinner party where there’s a set topic for discussion and a moderator. The goal is to have “an evening of far-reaching and lively debate” that “will take us beyond the headlines and the usual arguments”. The invitees are a diverse group of interesting people (hopefully they’ll let me in).
I’m really looking forward to it. The only problem is that I’m not very well versed in the topic that’s going to be discussed. Lucky for me, my blog readers are all over this stuff, so I’d like to pose the question to you all in hopes that you can give me some thoughts to ponder, and hopefully point me to some resources where I can learn more. The topic for discussion is (I’m paraphrasing from the invite):
Will public or private schools better prepare our next generation for society?
Are the public schools beyond saving? How much of the problem is those of us who send our children to private schools — are we contributing to a widening divide between the “haves” and the “have nots”? What needs to be done to prepare the next generation to serve society?
The invite doesn’t mention homeschooling. I’m not sure if they’re intentionally trying to limit the debate to public vs. private schools, or if they just hadn’t considered it.
Though it addresses a slightly different topic, I think Sally Thomas’ article Homeschooling and Christian Duty has some great points that could be useful in this discussion. I plan to start there in thinking and researching the subject.
Anyone else have any thoughts or resources to get me started on my research?
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