Why are we in here and not out there? How can we reconcile the intellectual merits of the Academy with its role in perpetuating class divisions? What is the role of education in our daily lives and in society as a whole? Is struggling for need-blind enough, or do we need to go beyond offering “equal access” to alienating, repressive, and reactionary institutions?
If you’ve ever found yourself pondering these questions, this event on Saturday is a can’t-miss. Rumor has it a covert collaborator from inside the Wesleyan sociology department might make an appearance. Dan Fischer ’12 with the deets:
How can we defend our schools at the same time as we work to radically transform or even abolish them? This roundtable aims to find areas for collaboration between teachers’ union, student anti-austerity, deschooling, unschooling, horizontal pedagogy, and free school movements, among others.
12:00 – 12:30 Remarks by Daniel Long, Professor of Sociology
12:30 – 1:30 Schooling and Austerity: The Public School Dilemma
1:30 – 2:30 Unschooling: Opting Out and Overcoming Barriers to Access
or Resisting the Neoliberal Academy: Beyond Need Blind
2:30 – 3:30 The School-to-Prison Pipeline in CT
or Technology and Survelliance: Impacts on Schools
3:30 – 4:00 Open Discussion
“If we want to abolish prisons, then in a sense we’re going to have to abolish schools in the way they currently reproduce the prison and disciplinary technologies.” -Angela Davis
This event is being organized by a group of public school teachers, ex-homeschoolers and ex-Sudbury school students, and Wesleyan University students.