Michael Weinman on public education and the value of schoolhouses (Public Seminar)

In his latest piece for Public SeminarFinding Value in Schoolhouses as Public Things: A Reply to Johann Neem, faculty Michael Weinman argues that public education, and its value, are not reducible to the spaces we commit to found, fund, manage and oversee together. It is very much impossible without this, but it is not circumscribed by this; at least not in a nation of immigrants. For, in such a nation — as Arendt stressed nearly 65 years ago in a piece that reflects on another era’s  — the inherent public interest in education derives not only from the bivalent relation between the material investment (of time, energy, money) in public education and the normative value citizens ascribe to it.