The Fight for Public Education: A Virtual Discussion with Pedro Noguera, Nicole McCormick, and Michael Bennett

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT / 6:00 PM MDT / 5:00 PM PDT

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Join the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, Dissent magazine, and The New Press for the second installment in an ongoing series of virtual discussions based on the recently released We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style. This month’s discussion will focus on Pedro Noguera’s chapter in the book titled: “Defending and Improving Public Education.”

Amidst an unprecedented pandemic and in the face of a racist police state, we must chart a new course. In We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style, leading socialist thinkers and activists come together to examine the United States’ own democratic socialist history and how we might achieve a world where every human being is guaranteed a life of safety, health, dignity, and even joy, free from the commodification of basic necessities. The chapters of this timely and urgent volume tackle climate change, foreign policy, gender and the family, healthcare, election reform, socialist governance, and more. 

Our topic on June 17 will be the fight for public education.

Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. He is the author of 13 books, including the recent From the Crisis of Connection to the Pursuit of Our Common Humanity, The Pursuit of Equality in Education 60 Years After Brown, and The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education .  

Nicole McCormick is a public school music teacher from southern West Virginia, where she resides with her husband and four children. Nicole serves as a local union leader, and on the steering committee of the WV United caucus. Her passion to stay and fight was reignited during the historic 2018 statewide West Virginia educators’ strike.

Michael Bennett is the Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund Board; Managing Co-Editor of Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching; and Professor Emeritus of English, Long Island University (Brooklyn).

This event could go as late as 9:30pm Eastern.