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Lowell Lecture

The Health of Democracy: Privatizing Education

Date & Time

March 8, 2015


First Parish Church in Cambridge
3 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138
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Julian Vasquez-Heilig, education policy, California State University, Sacramento Suzie McGlone, teacher, Boston Public Schools

Presenting Organization

Cambridge Forum


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The Massachusetts School Law of 1642 laid out the rationale for public education: "Forasmuch as the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth." How do contemporary efforts to privatize public education square with the civic role that education has played in American democracy? Internationally recognized leader in education policy Julian Vasquez Heilig examines the variety of ways in which public education is being privatized in the name of "reform" and suggests ways for citizens to respond that both improve educational experience and strengthen the societal and civic role that education plays.

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities.