Betsy DeVos has resigned as Secretary of Education, and under the incoming Biden administration, federal education policy will be led by an educator and public school graduate, Connecticut state education commissioner Miguel Cardona. For the first time in four years, public school educators will have a partner in Washington. But the right-wing effort to dismantle public education in the United States isn’t going away without a fight. And we can’t win that fight without understanding how and why it began.
Join NEA-NH members and allies on January 27 at 7:00PM for a webinar to learn about the origins of the war on public education, reflect on the last four years of fighting against the Trump-Devos agenda, and strategize about how to influence public education as a public good moving forward.
The webinar will include a virtual book talk with education historian Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire, authors of A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door. Their new book traces the war on public education to its origins, offering the deep backstory necessary to understand the threat presently posed to America’s schools. The book also looks forward to imagine how current policy efforts will reshape the educational landscape and remake America’s future. A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door offers readers a lively, accessible, yet scholarly view of a decades-long conservative cause: unmaking the system that serves over 90% of students in the United States.
You can learn more about A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door or find a copy at https://www.wolfattheschoolhousedoor.com.
Jack Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Education at UMass Lowell and leads the “Beyond Test Scores” research project. The author of four books, he writes frequently about education in outlets like the Atlantic and the Washington Post, and is co-host of the educational policy podcast “Have You Heard.”
Jennifer Berkshire writes about education and politics for the Nation, the New Republic, the Baffler, and other publications. The creator and co-host of the education policy podcast “Have You Heard,” she teaches aspiring podcasters in the journalism program at Boston College and the Labor Studies program at UMass Amherst. A licensed public school teacher, Berkshire lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.