Monday, November 27, 2006
Palo Alto High School Haymarket Auditorium
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
7p - 9p
Free to the public
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership, Mills College Former California State Superintendent of Public Schools
Professor Eastin will talk about why the global economy has made education more important than ever before, even as many policymakers seem ignorant of just how stale our educational approach has become.
In a world where information is doubling every two years, children must learn to think critically, to analyze, to work in groups, to find defects and to communicate across borders and language barriers. The failure of American to fully commit to the education of all of our children from preschool through grad school is not only unfortunate, it is dangerous.
Who will carry the democratic values we hold dear into the future? Historically, America has been a beacon of democracy but can it continue to do so when it fails to challenge all of its children to adequately master the full panoply of academic subjects that our competitor nations are providing to their children? Why aren't all children being steeped in the sciences and in the arts? Why are we failing to provide healthy lunches and physical education, up-to-date technology and multiple languages? Why are we making college harder to get into and more expensive to attend, even as the countries of Asia and Europe, copying an American model, are making higher education more accessible to more students?
Silicon Valley has been a haven for progressive education. It can and should be more of a role model to surrounding areas to encourage them to enliven their educational offerings.
Sponsored by: PACE (Palo Alto Chinese Education)
Co-sponsors: Santa Clara County Office of Education League of Women Voters of Santa Clara County Mountain View - Whisman Elementary School District Hoover Elementary School PTA, Palo Alto Jordan Middle School PTA, Palo Alto PAMP - The Parents' Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park SIPAPA - Spanish Immersion Parents Association of Palo Alto
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