The Crisis in Our Schools: Does Public Education Have a Future?

A Community Read of Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error


A Community-Wide Discussion of Issues in Public Education in our Community

Recent discussions about the state of public education, common core and the role of teachers resonate deeply in the Rochester community. Through a community read of Reign of Error, a critique of current educational policies written by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush, and a series of forums, we hope to both inform a wide spectrum of our community about current educational issues and motivate them to become more involved in shaping the future of public education in the greater Rochester area. Join us throughout the Fall as we closely examine this complicated topic.

September 10 — A Discussion with Diane Ravitch: Appearing via Skype
East High School Auditorium

September 23— Common Core and Issues of Testing and Curriculum: A Mock Trial
East High School Forum Room

October 8 —Teacher Tenure: Good or Bad for Education?
RCSD Board of Education Office

October 22 —How do US schools and students stack up against others around the world?
Gates Library

November 5 — Why would anybody want to be a teacher today?
Nazareth College Otto Shultz Forum

November 19 —Metropolitan vs. Neighborhood Schools: A discussion encompassing issues related to the educational effects of the concentration of poverty in our city

November 23 —What is the Role of the Community in Providing Early Childhood Learning?
Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library

December 3 — What Makes a Good School?
Eisenhart Auditorium, RMSC