Peter Greene is the author of the blog Curmudgucation. He is a teacher who cares about his profession and an eloquent writer.
One of his recent pieces, titled “Nobody Owns the Beach”, hit a chord with me. In it he points out that the beaches in Hawaii are public resources. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, you can’t “own the beach” in Hawaii. Why is it important that nobody owns the beach? Peter says:
That’s because your government recognizes that certain resources are a public good and need to be maintained as public goods. So even when somebody offers to “manage” that public good for you, just for a cut of the take, that doesn’t happen. Because as soon as a public resource becomes a way of enriching private interests, the public interest in that resource takes a back seat.
At the end of his essay, he beautifully transitions this concept to public schooling. I would encourage you to read this short, but insightful piece. Click below to read “Nobody Owns the Beach”