Who's on the short list for Secretary of Education under Trump? From the NY Times:
Dr. Ben Carson - Former neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential candidate
Williamson M. Evers - Education expert at the Hoover Institution, a think tank
The Atlantic asks a good question - Is Trump's Victory the Jump-Start Civics Education Needed?
The Founders wanted voters to be educated so they could discern serious leaders of high character from con men who do not have the nation’s interests at heart. Beyond that, public education in the United States was also meant to instill a love of liberal democracy: a respect for the separation of powers, for a free press and free religious exercise, and for the rights of political minorities.
FYI, Mayor Murray is to speak at the Hamilton PTA meeting tomorrow night at 7 pm. I would like to hear what the Mayor has to say but there is a fairly important School Board meeting tomorrow with the vote on Growth Boundaries. I would like to ask the Mayor if his pledge at the Education Summit to end homelessness for Seattle children by the end of this year will be a reality.Yet in recent years, democracy has been given short shrift in American public schooling in two important respects: the curriculum that is explicitly taught to students does not place democratic values at the center, and the “hidden” curriculum of what students observe on a daily basis no longer reinforces the importance of democracy. The failure of schools to model democracy for students is critical, as the Rochester teachers’ union leader Adam Urbanski has noted, because “You cannot teach what you do not model.”A large body of research finds that integrated schools can reduce prejudice and racism that stems from ignorance and lack of personal contact. As Thurgood Marshall noted in one case, “Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together.”
Please join us to hear about Mayor Murray's Education Summit that occurred earlier this year, and talk about the City’s partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Also, he wants to hear from parents about general issues and have a good dialogue with the Hamilton community. All are welcome!What's on your mind?
Update: I see that the Mayor's Education Summit Advisory committee will be meeting for a press conference on their recommendations at Garfield on Wednesday, the 16th, from 10-11 am.