Richland Public Library
Richland, WA 99354
What Happened to America's Public Schools?
A presentation by Johann Neem
Thursday, March 19
7 PM, Richland Public Library
Hosted by Friends of the Richland Public Libraries
“Why do we have public schools? What do we want from them, and why do we seem to be losing faith in them? Once an innovative idea and a source of national pride, American public education has since become a deeply polarized topic. Using his personal story as an immigrant attending America’s public schools, along with extensive historical research, historian Johann Neem explores the original purposes of public education in forging a nation. As Washington, like all states, debates pressing matters of education, including charter schools, private school choice, and funding concerns, Neem asks us to step back, take stock, and understand public schools’ past so we can improve their future.