Why Public Schools? What do we value? What are we trying to accomplish?
By News Desk
The Pasadena Unified School District is one of the most important entities in our community, so we must work together to keep it alive. It is sponsoring a dynamic discussion about the PUSD, public schools, and our democracy with Dr. Sarah Stitzlein.
This virtual conversation will be hosted by the Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent’s Enrollment Committee.
Composed of 25 community members in the PUSD, the Superintendent’s Enrollment Committee aims to develop a strategic plan that addresses declining enrollment. The committee is passionate about public schools and their value to our communities and society.
“The demanding work being done by the Enrollment Committee is a testament to our steadfast values, commitment, and unwavering service for public education,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald.
The talk will be facilitated by Board Member Jennifer Hall Lee who said, “In these times, it is important to refocus our attention on the PUSD and the reasons we have public schools. We are honored to have Dr. Sarah Stizlein as a special guest of the PUSD’s Superintendent’s Enrollment Committee to discuss her work.”
Stitzlein will answer questions from the committee members and community stakeholders. Her book, American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens, details how public school systems are central to a flourishing democracy. In public schools, children learn acceptance, understanding and what “liberty and justice for all” truly means. However, those democratic ideals and common values are increasingly at risk as citizen support for public schools steadily declines.
Sarah Stitzlein is a Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Cincinnati. She is Past-President of the John Dewey Society and Co-Editor of the journal, Democracy & Education. Her research considers the important role schools play in developing good citizens and improving democratic life.
American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens Sept. 20, 2022 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89957748725?pwd=dG9abTgvZnlZaTNTMmRDQ1ZJdVVlQT09 Meeting ID: 899 5774 8725 Passcode: 426940
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