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Educational freedom is threatened today by a single gross presumption: the idea that the state is the sole or superior educator. One can easily see how this presumption threatens educational freedom.
The states can and should reasonably regulate all schools, public and private, in order to achieve the best possible balance between the democratic goals of political and civic cohesion on one hand, and religious, intellectual, and cultural freedom on the other.
The authors of state regulations for private schools seem to feel no similar need to justify their wall-building. Their regulations seldom reflect any defensible rationale, specifying the good things to be walled in and the bad things to be walled out.
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