by David Safier
The public face of progressive education these days is author and education historian Diane Ravitch ("The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education," "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to Americas Public Schools"). She's one of the founders of the Network for Public Education (NPE) which has brought together educators, parents and community members around the country, using lots of hard work and very little money to get its message out. The NPE is at the forefront of the pro-public schools, anti-privatization/corporatization/"education reform" push in the country. Tucson's own Robin Hiller is NPE's Executive Director.
Saturday, NPE's first "PUBLIC Education Nation" event will be webcast live at Schoolhouselive.org starting at 9am Arizona time.
For years, reformers have talked down to students, parents and teachers. Now it's time for us talk back! Join Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody and Leonie Haimson as they take on Common Core, charters and school closures, and other threats to public education, October 11, 2014, 12-5 PM (EST), for the first ever Public Education Nation webcast, on schoolhouselive.org. Featured panelists include some of the most innovative voices in public education: Carol Burris, Brian Jones Takeima Bunche-Smith, Rose River-McCutchen, Alan Aja, Xian Barrett, Hiram Rivera, Yohuru Williams, Jeff Bryant, Gary Rubinstein, Karran Harper Royal, Wendy Lecker, Robin Hiller, Phyllis Tashlik, Greg Anrig, and in conversation with Diane Ravitch, Jitu Brown.