What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Jun. 8 10:30 AM
Ends: Friday, Jun. 8 11:45 AM
American public education is under concerted attack: Americans are told we are failing in international comparisons, urged to blame teachers and break their unions, turn more of our public education system over to private interests and rely ever more upon tests to make critical decision. These and other tactics are designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy meaningful public education. Three nationally-known experts explore aspects of that attack and offer specific suggestions of how progressive supporters of public education can fight back.
Coming to the end of a 17 year public school teaching career, teacherken as Ken Bernstein is known remains active online on educational and other issues of interest, such as the environment, human rights, civil liberties, and economic equity. He has degrees from Haverford, St. Charles Seminary, and Johns Hopkins and additional graduate studies at UVa and Catholic. He has resided in Arlington VA since 1982, and is married with (now only) 4 cats. Ken is National Board Certified in Social Studies and was a 2010 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher. He previously led panels on Education at YearlyKos in Las Vegas in 2006 and Chicago in 2007, and on politically active youth at Netroots Nation in Austin in 2007. He was one of the organizer’s of 2011′s Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action in Washington DC.
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Jackson possesses a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.
Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University. She is a prolific tweeter and blogger (Bridging Differences, Huffington Post, politico.com). Author or editor of more than 20 books, her latest book was a national best-seller, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.