■Francisco Rios, Dean of Woodring College of Education
■Susan Donnelly, Head of Whatcom Day Academy and Co-editor
■David Carroll, Woodring Elementary Education Faculty
■Annie Parker, 3rd Grade Teacher, Seattle
■Vale Hartley, Teacher, Whatcom Day Academy
■Paul Shaker, Professor Emeritus and former Dean at Simon Fraser University
The Controversy Addressed:
The politicizing of education at the national level has centered on issues of standards, accountability, global competitiveness, national economic growth, low student achievement on worldwide norms, and federally mandated uniformity.
Without conversation at this deeper level about the fundamental purposes of education, we cannot develop a comprehensive vision of the kinds of schools our children deserve. We invite authors to contribute their conceptions of the kind of education our children deserve and/or the kinds of schools that serve the needs of individuals and of a democratic society.
There has been little discussion of the public purposes of our schools or what kind of education is necessary for an individual’s development and search for a meaningful life. There is a paucity of ideas being discussed at the national level around topics such as: how school practices can be aligned with democratic principles of equity and justice; how school practices can promote the flourishing of individual development as well as academic achievement; what skills and understandings are needed for citizens to play a transformative role in their society.Date: May 2, 2012
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Western Washington University
Center for Education, Equity and Diversity (CEED)
Miller Hall 005
Contact: CEED Phone: (360) 650-3827
Sponsored by the Journal of Educational Controversy and the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity.