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Askwith Education Forum | Education, Truth, and the Future of Democracy

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Thursday, May 4, 2023 4:30pm to 6pm

Askwith Education Forum | Education, Truth, and the Future of Democracy

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Thursday, May 4, 2023 4:30pm to 6pm

Longfellow Hall, Askwith Hall View map

13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

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This event is being held in conjunction with Educational Ethics: A Field-Launching Conference, May 4 – 6, 2023. 


What roles can schools and universities play in helping to shore up democracies — whether in the United States or in countries around the world? Schools should be — can be — key engines for knowledge-building and for producing engaged democratic citizens. What challenges do they face in achieving these aims, and what can we learn from their failures, both historically and today? How should we think about current political activity — from governors and university presidents to legislative sessions to local school board meetings — focused very specifically on education policies and practices? 


When the political discourse includes K-12 and college curricula, counseling services, bathroom and sports team access, book selection, equity and inclusion policies, school safety, tenure policies, and school and university governance, it begs the question: Are these admirable exercises of democratic activism by engaged citizens, attacks on education in service of misinformation and demonstrable untruths — or both (or neither)? Join us for a rich conversation that will explore these and other critical questions and help each of us contribute to a positive path forward. 

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