Scandling Speaker

December 7, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Schlegel Hall
Room 207

Evaluating School Reform: What Values Should We Use, and How Should We Use Them?
Professor Harry Brighouse
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Evaluation of school reform is impossible without appealing to some set of values. But which values? Harry Brighouse will argue for a distinctive set of liberal aims for education, and will explore the various problems we are likely to encounter in using them to evaluate reforms. He will expose a series of common errors and will show that some standard criticisms of recent choice-based and standards-based reforms are mistaken.

A Professor of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Harry Brighouse's research ranges across political philosophy, philosophy of education, and education policy. He has been deeply involved in the public debates about school reform in his native England, where he has advised policymakers at national and local levels. He writes a regular column about American education for the Times Education Supplement, and is recently the author of a short book advocating a liberal account of the aims of education, and applying those aims to key controversial questions such as whether the government should fund religious schools, On Education (Routledge, 2006).

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Call (585) 275-7428 for additional information. Interpreter provided for individuals who are hearing-impaired.

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