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ENRICH-0715 – Curr Iss on Zoom: Public Education in America (ENRICH-0715_EDU)

Public Schools: Voices of Reform and the Future of Education

Public schools continue to face increasing pressure from many voices and perspectives in America today. Some of those voices are calling for increased openness and inclusion to better fulfill the democratic aims of America. Other voices are arguing for a return to the social and political traditions at the very roots of American culture. This pressure isn’t new, but what is new, says University of Denver clinical professor Paul Michalec, is the intensity and veracity of those voices and their impact on teacher retention, professional identity and practice.

“The debates are intensified because schools are one of the last public spaces in America where some form of public discourse occurs,” Michalec says. “After all, the schools are public institutions serving the public good, and since the public taxes support schools, shouldn’t the public have a say in school content, policy and procedures?”

Join Michalec as he explores the question of who schools serve and for what purpose. The course also examines this question of public input through four lenses. 1) The history of American schooling and problems from the past that linger. 2) The voices of reform from the left and right. 3) The impact of discord on teacher satisfaction, calling and attrition. 4) Are there any workable solutions, or are schools, like American culture, inherently troubled spaces?

Four Zoom sessions
Tue., Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2023, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Paul Michalec is a clinical professor in DU’s Morgridge College of Education who has over 40 years of teaching experience in K-6, higher education and alternative education settings. He teaches courses in the foundations of education. In 2015, he won DU’s distinguished teacher award.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 29Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday18th April 20239th May 202306:30PM - 08:30PMN/APaul Michalec