Today: CEAFU Lunch Break re: CATO’s Public Schooling Battle Map
The recording of the Live Broadcast is viewable below and at the following YouTube Link
Today: We hope you will attend today’s (Pacific Coast) CEAFU Lunch Break with Neal McCluskey re: CATO’s Public Schooling Battle Map (3PM Eastern/12PM Pacific)
Please join us for 30 minutes. LIVE Link to Event: Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism Presents CATO’s Education Policy Expert Neal McCluskey – YouTube
Neal explains and will answer your questions about this terrific tool provided by CATO. It exposes the battleground that our nation’s educational institutions have become. Rather than focusing on learning foundational basics, schools have become battlegrounds fostering conflicts and division.
Public Schooling Battle Map
Americans are diverse – ethnically, religiously, ideologically – but all must pay for public schools. The intention is good: to bring people together and foster harmony. But rather than build bridges, public schooling often forces people into wrenching, zero‐sum conflict.
This map aggregates a relatively small, but especially painful, subset of battles: those involving basic rights, moral values, or individual identities. Think restrooms and transgender students, books dealing with sex, or race and American history. The conflicts are often intensely personal, and guarantee if one fundamental value wins, another loses.
The goal may be peace and equality, but the outcome is too often the opposite.
Incidents are continually added. Note that some years contain few conflicts because the Map lists the year a battle began but cataloging only started in the mid‐2000s. Earlier years reflect conflicts that had a new development after data collection commenced. Conflicts are overwhelmingly drawn from media reports.
About Neal McCluskeyCATO Institute
Neal McCluskey is the director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom. He is the author of the book The Fractured Schoolhouse: Reexamining Education for a Free, Equal, and Harmonious Society and is coeditor of several volumes, including School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom and Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower. McCluskey also maintains Cato’s Public Schooling Battle Map, an interactive database of values and identity‐based conflicts in public schools, and oversees Cato’s Private Schooling Status Tracker.
We hope you will attend today. But, if you cannot, please feel free to leave a question for Neal on our contact form. We ask Neal your question during the CEAFU Lunch Break, and you can hear his response when we release the recording online later this week.