Public education should prepare students to be good citizens, asserts Robert Pondiscio, a former fifth-grade teacher and the executive director of Citizenship First, a civic-education organization based at a school in Harlem, N.Y. In this commentary, he writes that this goal is not being fully met -- largely because of the national focus on college- and career-readiness. "Let's ensure every child has a shot at a private piece of the American Dream," he writes. "But let's also make sure schools still perform the greatest possible public service: preparing our children to be the informed citizens a stable, self-governing country needs," he adds.
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