EDUCATION REFORM: WHAT CAN THE U.S. AND GREAT BRITAIN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?
A lecture and panel discussion comparing education reform in Great Britain and the United States
Geoffrey Whitty, Director, Institute of Education, University of London
Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College (host)
Tim Daly, President, New Teacher Project
Andy Hargreaves, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Rona Kiley, Teach First, London
Monday, November 8: Lecture at 11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion at 6 p.m.
Teachers College, Columbia University
Milbank Chapel, W. 120th and Broadway
BACKGROUND: Great Britain and the United States confront many of the same education challenges: How to offer free, quality education to all citizens, how to prepare all citizens to work and participate in the democratic process, how to adapt the public schools to changing economic and technological innovations and needs.
For more than a century, the two countries have shared and borrowed education policy from one another. But how helpful is this, if both countries are consistently underperforming other industrialized nations? Are the two countries learning as much from each other, and as much from high performers such as Finland and Singapore, as they could?
Geoffrey Whitty, director of the Institute Of Education at the University of London, will speak about the pros and cons of “policy tourism” and how it can help or harm education reform in both countries. Professor Whitty’s lecture, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will be followed at 6 p.m. that evening by a panel discussion by education experts. Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, will host and participate on the panel, which will include Whitty; Tim Daly, President, new Teachers Project; Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College; and Rona Kiley of Teach First in London.
Published Monday, Jan. 31, 2011