Our Children's Health v. Public Education in 21st Century America

Douglas Selwyn
2020
What would schools and communities look like if the health and well-being of all our children were our highest priorities? More important than test scores, profits, or real estate values? What actions would we take if we wanted to guarantee that all our children were growing up with what they needed to be healthy, happy, and successful—and not just some of them? The United States was once among the healthiest countries in the world. As of now, it is ranked no better than twenty-ninth. Those who
more » ... ty-ninth. Those who bear the brunt of our worsening health are the poor, people of color, and, most of all, our children. This special report situates our ongoing health crisis within the larger picture of inequality and the complex interplay of systems in the U.S. based on class, privilege, racism, sexism, and the ongoing tension between the ideals of democracy and the realities of corporate capitalism. Public education is caught in the middle of those tensions.
doi:10.14288/ce.v11i4.186561 fatcat:t5dplqki2vcibnu5gihn3ikhhi