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Marijuana has had a long and conflicted history in the United States: it has been celebrated by some and denounced by others, and it has played a surprising role in a range of social conflicts. Recent legalization debates continue to increase attention to its use.
Children have always been seen as the continuance of a family’s name and a society’s future. But in domestic hard times and national crisis, because of excessive opulence or poverty, children suffer the most and the longest.
Young people are leading the way in campaigns to protect the environment. This trend toward environmental activism is reflected in schools.
The public schools are one of the largest and most complicated public projects our nation has ever attempted. The idea of how to fix public education lies squarely across our largest emotional fault lines as our assumptions about the role of government mingle with our values about how to raise children.