San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This is a story about America and America’s public schools. Specifically, it’s about how we,
as a society, have changed what we ask our public schools to do. America’s first schools
appeared in the early 1640s. They were designed to teach young people basic reading, writing,
and arithmetic while cultivating values that served a new democratic society. The founders of
these schools assumed that families and churches bore the major responsibility for raising a child. During the 1700s, some civics, history, science, and geography were introduced, but the curriculum was limited and remained focused for 150 years.
Fast forward to 2014, and the contract between our communities and our
schools is very different. According to Vollmer, it’s no longer “Help us teach our children.” It’s “Raise our kids.” No generation of teachers and administrators in
history has had to fulfill this mandate. And each year, the pressure grows.
Join us for this provocative conversation about education, culture, and responsibility.
Breakfast will start serving at 7 a.m.
Parking and Arrival
Please arrive by 6:45 for the best parking. We will begin the program promptly at 7:30. Free parking is available on the new GRPS University campus (map).
When & Where
The Host Committee
Believe 2 Become, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent ISD, Talent 2025, and West Michigan Talen Triangle