John Dewey’s Democracy and Education at 100: Provocations and Conversations

March 31-April 1, 2016

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A joint conference of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Center for Ethics and Education University of Wisconsin-Madison

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 31

4:00pm-6:00pm Town Center Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
330 North Orchard St. (map)
Madison, WI 53715

Keynote: Private choices, public interests: Does educational decision-making produce democratic outcomes?

School policy makers sit at the precarious intersection between responding to the interests of diverse parent groups, attending to the developmental and educational needs of children, and supporting an institution that is essential for maintaining a democratic society. What challenges do policy makers face as they weigh private choices and public goods? How much latitude should policy makers give to private (parent, student, other) interests? How can they address minority concerns within majoritarian governance structures? (How) can the “public good” prevail in today’s school politics? Panelists will address these questions from three vantage points: the central office, the school board, and the community.

Chair: Diana Hess, Dean of UW-Madison School of Education

Speakers: Rob Asen, Professor at UW-Madison, Carl Cohn, Executive Director of California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and former superintendent of Long Beach and San Diego school districts, Linn Posey-Maddox, Assistant Professor at UW-Madison

Friday, April 1

As a tribute to Dewey’s deliberative commitments, the format for the sessions will be as follows:

  1. Two speakers have been given a provocative question related to the theme, Democracy and Education.
  2. They will each have 12-15 minutes to present an answer to the question as it relates to their work and experiences.
  3. The audience will have 15 minutes to discuss in small groups their answers to the question and their reactions to the two presenters.
  4. The remaining time will be spent in large group discussion with the panelists.

Note: the graduate panels will follow a more traditional conference paper session format.

9:00am-9:15am Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall (map)
Madison, WI 53706
Welcome by Adam Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison  

9:15am-10:30am Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Have the requirements for civic education changed in the last 100 years?

Chair: Dan Pekarsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speakers: Sigal Ben-Porath, University of Pennsylvania, Fran Schrag, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:45-noon Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Is there a place for a common curriculum (or state/national standards) in progressive education?

Chair: Bill Reese, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speakers: Lauren Gatti, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Li-Ching Ho, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:15-1:45 Lunch and Graduate Student Panels
Box lunches will be available on a first come first serve basis at SoE Meeting Room (245)

Concurrent Panel 1 EPS Conference Room (298), Education Building

Chair: Lesley Bartlett, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelists: Amato Nocera, Adult Education Forums in Harlem during the Interwar Years, Jennifer Otting, Citizenship Anxieties in a Fragile Nation-State: A Case Study of Citizenship Education Reform in Kosovo, Keith McNamara, William Torrey Harris and the Issue of Integration in St. Louis, 1868-1880, Colin Rohm, The German-English Academy: 19th Century Private Schooling in Milwaukee

Concurrent Panel 2 ELPA Conference Room (290), Education Building

Chair: Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelists: Glen Water, Citizenship Education in Teach For America, James Gleckner, Race Conscious Parenting: a Case Study of White Parents, Racial Justice, and Racial Socialization, Emily Young, Quintilian and Citizenship Education in America: Where’s the Rhetoric?, Ann Herrera Ward, Agree to Disagree: Political Polarization and Disagreement in Social Studies Discussion

Each speaker’s talk is followed by discussion.
2:00-3:15 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Does a democratic approach to education necessarily undermine minority cultures?

Chair: Stacey Lee, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speakers: Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Paula McAvoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:30-4:45 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Should education for democracy support religiously fundamentalist schools?

Chair: Erica O. Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speakers: Robert Kunzman, Indiana University, Howard Schweber, University of Wisconsin-Madison