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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut: "my dream of America with great public schools"

Kurt Vonnegut:
It's my dream of America with great public schools. I thought we should be the envy of the world with our public schools. And I went to such a public school. So I knew that such a school was possible. Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. Produced not only me, but the head writer on the I LOVE LUCY show. 
And, my God, we had a daily paper. We had a debating team. Had a fencing team. We had a chorus, a jazz band, a serious orchestra. And all this with a Great Depression going on. And I wanted everybody to have such a school. And, yeah, we could afford it if we didn't spend all the money on weaponry.
Full transcript HERE.

Watch and listen here, starting at about 4:10:

Read more from Kurt Vonnegut at In These Times.

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