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Reclaiming the Promise of Pubilc Education Conversation Series II


October 9, 2013

One of the primary purposes of public education is to foster an engaged and well-educated citizenry: For a democracy to function, the “people” who rule must be prepared to take on the duties and the rights of citizens.

The panel discussed questions such as: How well has the Common Core addressed this civic purpose?
Will the intellectual challenges of the English language arts and mathematics standards fully groom students for the deliberative work of citizenship? Why were the civics standards of the Common Core the last to be published, and why did the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers make these standards an optional part of Common Core implementation? What must be done to complete the work of bringing the civic purposes of education into 21st-century American education?


Leo Casey

Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute

Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University;   President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

 Meira Levinson

  Associate Professor, Havard Graduate School of Education

 Ross Weiner

 Vice President,  Aspen Institute; Executive Director,  Education and Society Program

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

 Assistant to the President for Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers

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Watch the Conversation here: