Wednesday Lunch Talk — Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Noon - 1 pm.
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Book - Radical equality in educationTinkering with the current educational system from within has not provided a just and equitable education for all children. In her new book, education theorist Joanne Larson poses basic questions about the nature and purpose of schooling. Proposing that what is needed is a new purpose that is more consistent with contemporary knowledge production processes—one that moves beyond the either/or binary of preparing workers/citizens in a competitive global economy or a democracy, Larson argues that the only real solution is to start over in U.S. education—the purpose of schooling should be to facilitate human learning, meaning making, and knowledge production toward just and equitable education for all.

Radical Equality in Education (Routledge, 2014) offers a new ontological starting point and a new theoretical framing that would follow from it; articulates theoretical, curricular, pedagogical, and assessment principles that frame a real plan for fundamental change in American education, and presents examples of what these ideas might look like in schools and communities.

Presented by Joanne Larson, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education and Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum Program.

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