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Learning Without Burning
Most agree that public education can and should be improved ("Beyond 'Superman,'" by Nicole Baker Fulgham, September-October 2012). If public education were thought of as a house, I would say it is in need of remodeling. However, many of the reforms being promoted by organizations such as Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst, Stand for Children, Democrats for Education Reform, Teach for America, and many others amount to setting the house on fire. Public schools are a pivotal part of communities.