CCC Speaker Event with Dr. Joel Westheimer

How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? Joel Westheimer, in his most recent book What Kind of Citizen?, asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in-and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality. Westheimer draws on groundbreaking research on school programs and policies to sharply critique the current direction of school reform. He points to the many varied and powerful ways to teach children and young adults to engage critically, to think about social issues, and to participate in authentic debate that acknowledges that intelligent adults can have different opinions. But today's teachers are being forced to abandon these practices in favor of test-preparation in only a very narrow set of academic subjects. How did this happen? What can we do to set schools back on the right track? How can we realign school goals with what research shows parents, children, and teachers actually care about? Westheimer makes a powerful call for schools to become more engaging, more democratic, and more educative.

About the speaker:

Dr. Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. He is also the education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning and Ontario Today shows. He began his career teaching in the New York City Public School system before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His newest (2015) critically acclaimed book is What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good. He is currently directing (with John Rogers, UCLA) The Inequality Project, investigating what schools in North America are teaching about economic inequality. Westheimer lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and two children and a dog named Farley. In Winter, he ice-skates to and from work. Farley stays home.

What Kind of Citizen will be available at the event.

Event Properties

Event Date 04-20-2016
Event End Date 04-20-2016
Registration Start Date 03-21-2016
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Cut off date 04-20-2016
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