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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.
Family is the cradle of all cultures because it informs the larger society regarding the specifics of human needs in a given environment, and then, conversely, interprets that particular cultural solution to a coming generation through initial socialization of a child.
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.
Young people are leading the way in campaigns to protect the environment. This trend toward environmental activism is reflected in schools.