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Week Six: Rebuilding Public Education
Rebuilding Public Education
In this week we take a comprehensive view of the cradle-to-college pipeline and look beyond the 2020 election to ask how we build more integrated and equitable public schools and best prepare our children for careers and as citizens in a rapidly changing world.
- With a growing shortage of credentialed teachers, how do we recruit and keep the next generation of educators?
- How do we navigate what has become one of the most contentious debates in education today and evaluate the impact of charter schools and vouchers in American communities?
- What does the recent college admissions cheating scandal tell us about how parents, students and society-at-large view the purpose of secondary education?
Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Lessons in the School House
More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to resist representations of religion in public schools. The future of a thriving nation, however, resides in the integrity of its people and, therefore, in the content of what its children are taught. Public schools are crucial not only for fostering careers and livelihoods, and for learning unto itself, but also for shaping the most “good-of-the-whole” consciousness in our citizens. In this week we will look at the importance of teaching both religious cultural literacy (as opposed to religion) as well as ethical literacy in our public schools for the purpose of creating an ethically and culturally-informed citizenry.