“Are We Racing to Nowhere or Waiting for Superman?”

Workshop Description

What happens when we combine a broadening contempt for scientific ideas with an environment in which corporate interests trump teacher and parent perspectives on children’s well-being? Dr. Huntley-Fenner will engage workshop participants in a lively debate/discussion about the past, present and future of public education in the United States. His presentation shall draw on phenomena such as the rise and fall of once-praised urban public schools in cities such as Detroit and New York and the experience in modern cities in transition such as Irvine.

Presenter Background

Gavin Huntley-Fenner, PhD
Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner is a nationally known expert in the field of language acquisition and mathematical learning. He is a human factors consultant whose firm, Huntley-Fenner Advisors, Inc., specializes in applied cognitive sciences, risk perception and risk communication. Dr. Huntley-Fenner has served as a Member of the Irvine Unified School Board and as an advisor to the State of California on autism education. He received his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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