Course Details

914: The Future of Public Education: An Unprecedented Political Crisis

July 10-13
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Public schools have long been a cornerstone of American democracy. That critical role is in danger as polarizing partisan politics impact schools in unprecedented ways. Indeed, the schools have become the focus of the nation’s current political and cultural wars. Issues like an appropriate role for parents, Critical Race Theory, book censorship and LGBTQ policies are dividing communities, and generating conflict across the country. Other issues like the role of charter schools, school safety, public money for religious schools, and demographic change further compound the problems confronting teachers and school administrators. Join us to learn about the complex issues facing education and how these challenges might be met in the current volatile political context. THIS IN-PERSON COURSE IS BEING RECORDED FOR JULY SHORTS REGISTRANTS.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: In-Person

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Michael Usdan

Michael Usdan is an educator with experiences as a public school and college teacher, state higher education commissioner, and president of a college, national nonprofit, and city school board.

Martin Blank

Martin Blank is a past president of the Institute for Educational Leadership, and leader of the community schools movement.