Restoring Opportunity: Perils and Promises for Education
Public Agenda president Will Friedman, moderator Brian Lehrer, Wendy Puriefoy and Alison Kadlec. Tuesday, October 27, 2015.
Education has long been held as the best means for all people to get ahead and have a good life. Yet as a nation, we haven't always enabled our education system to fulfill its promise as a great opportunity equalizer. In the future, fulfilling this promise will be even more challenging, though we have reason for cautious optimism.
In a discussion last month with WNYC's Brian Lehrer, education experts Wendy Puriefoy and Alison Kadlec spoke frankly about the historic challenges that the public K-12 and higher education systems face, including dwindling funding and an unpredictable future.
Both noted that, when it comes to putting the ideal of a high quality education for all into practice, the nation is failing miserably on its promise to deliver a quality education to all students.
Yet despite the temptation of easy answers and a lack of engagement from the public on education challenges, both spoke of some promising developments and shifts in attitude.
Despite the weight of the challenges before us, the event ended on an optimistic note from Puriefoy. "This is a moral question, a question of the future, of this great idea we had of democracy," she said. Through education, "we need to prepare for a world that we have not lived in before, but it doesn't have to be a world of struggle. It can be a world of joy."
Restoring Opportunity: The Role of Education is a part of our Restoring Opportunity Initiative, a ten-year commitment by Public Agenda to help address stagnating opportunity in the U.S. Read more about the initiative here.
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