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WGBH Forum Network; Role of Public Education and The Common Good, The

05/11/2006

The Role of Public Education and The Common Good Thomas Payzant, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools Dr. Payzant, former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Education, and Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools for the past ten years, takes a hard look at the role of public schools in serving the common good. Among other tough questions, he asks whether an increasingly negative view of government that has been growing in American society at odds with the expectations for what public schools must accomplish. Payzant wonders whether public school districts asked to do too much, and whether the intimate connection between compelling issues of social justice and the role of public schools is more at risk today than at any previous point in the past hundred years.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Role of Public Education and The Common Good, The
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3095

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The WGBH Forum Network is an audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders. These events are hosted by world-class cultural and educational organizations in the Greater Boston area. Through this online service thousands of interested people across the world partake of these lectures from the comfort of their home or office at any time they choose. We are proud of the role we serve in our community, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and civic engagement in important issues.

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THE ROLE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE COMMON GOOD THOMAS PAYZANT, SUPERINTENDENT, BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

DR. PAYZANT, FORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND SUPERINTENDENT OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS, TAKES A HARD LOOK AT THE ROLE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN SERVING THE COMMON GOOD. AMONG OTHER TOUGH QUESTIONS, HE ASKS WHETHER AN INCREASINGLY NEGATIVE VIEW OF GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BEEN GROWING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY AT ODDS WITH THE EXPECTATIONS FOR WHAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS MUST ACCOMPLISH. PAYZANT WONDERS WHETHER PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS ASKED TO DO TOO MUCH, AND WHETHER THE INTIMATE CONNECTION BETWEEN COMPELLING ISSUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE ROLE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS MORE AT RISK TODAY THAN AT ANY PREVIOUS POINT IN THE PAST HUNDRED YEARS.

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