Do public schools stifle creativity and real learning, or are they essential to a diverse society? Does homeschooling undercut public schools? Do parents with progressive values have an ethical obligation to support public schools? These questions have sparked a lively debate in response to Astra Taylor’s recent essay “Unschooling” in the literary magazine n+1 and Dana Goldstein’s response in Slate. Both commentators join Steve Paulson for their first joint debate on schools and the best learning environments.