Article in Response to Controversy
The question of who defines the public in public education in a democratic society is a tricky one. It is tricky because the answer appears deceivingly obvious, but it is also deeply difficult. In a democratic society, the decisions about public education seem, by default, to be made by all people: concerned citizens, parents, or those who live within the borders of the district/state/nation, and who, presumably, share certain common values, interests, or purposes related to the future of the children and the place.
"The Public and Its Problem: Dewey, Habermas, and Levinas,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 8
, Article 6.
Available at: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol8/iss1/6