What Are Schools For?

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Hint: The education of children.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n his excellent new book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies (full review forthcoming in National Review) Thomas Sowell advises that it is necessary for us to remind ourselves from time to time of a first truth: “Schools exist for the education of children.”

Sometimes, the most obvious truths prove to be the most difficult to implement.

The outrage of the day for the Left is the Supreme Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a Blaine amendment case. Montana, like many states, has a “Blaine amendment” in its state constitution, a Progressive-era anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant measure that forbids government support


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