Meanings: “Skyboxing”

July 1, 2011

Could this be a term on the rise? Richard Riley (former Secretary of Education) uses it in an article in Education Week called “Civic Investment and the Skyboxing of American Education (gated).”

He writes, “In recent years, we’ve been witnessing the “skyboxing” of American education. Like their socioeconomic peers at ballgames, students in education skyboxes are buffered from realities most students face by their well-appointed educational accommodations.”

Reductions in public, tax-supported expenditures mean that important programs are eliminated for most students.  But students in affluent districts can be shielded from these effects by private donations that sustain the programs in their district only.  Some students get skyboxes; others get bleachers.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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