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    The past, present, and future of democratic education in America

    When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:30 — 5:00 p.m.

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


    In the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War, Americans began to develop a robust school system. Yet back then, like today, disagreement was pervasive regarding the kind of education that was needed, who should pay for it, and how schools should be governed. In a recent book, “Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), Dr. Johann Neem tells the story of how and why Americans decided that schooling should be a public good, and explores the significance of the debates that shaped the creation of our contemporary public school system.

    On Thursday, November 16, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will convene a panel including Dr. Neem as well as other experts on education to explore the history and purpose of public education with a focus on the defining features of democratic education—promoting equality, nurturing human beings, preparing citizens, and fostering civic solidarity. Are these still the purposes of education in today’s world? Should they be?

    The session will begin with a presentation followed by a response and a panel discussion. After the discussion, participants will take audience questions.

    You can follow the conversation on Twitter using #AmericanEdu.

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