Meira Levinson and Lawrence Blum speak on their books:
No Citizen Left Behind and
High Schools, Race and Americaís Future
Meira Levinson and Lawrence Blum will speak on their new books, No Citizen Left Behind and High Schools, Race and Americaís Future.
No Citizen Left Behind (2012) combines anecdotes from teaching middle school with political and social science theories. Levinson argues that the United States suffers from a civic empowerment gap similar to the academic achievement gap targeted by No Child Left Behind. She indicates how this gap can be addressed by schools, teachers and students through action civics. Meira Levinson, a former middle school teacher, is an Associate Professor of Education at Harvardís Graduate School of Education. She is also author of The Demands of Liberal Education (1999); co-author of Democracy at Risk ( 2005); and co-editor of Making Civics Count (2012).
High Schools, Race and Americaís Future describes Blumís rigorous high school course on race and racism. Set in a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse high school, the book chronicles students' engagement with one another, with a challenging academic curriculum, and with questions that relate powerfully to their daily lives. Lawrence Blum, a former high school teacher, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Friendship, Altruism and Morality (2009) and Iím not a racist, butÖThe Moral Quandary of Race (2002).
This book talk will take place in the Education Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall,
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
All are welcome.