The Health of Democracy: Privatizing Education

SUN, MAR 8, 2015 (00:00)

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. Suzie McGlone, a Boston Public School teacher, responds and moderates.

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities. Co-sponsored by Citizens for Public Schools.

+ BIO: Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He has served as a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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