ADRIAN, Mich - Who is responsible for public education? What are the purposes of education? How do we achieve these purposes? These are the questions to be addressed at a November 12 community forum sponsored by the Adrian College Institutes for Education and Ethics. The forum, set for7:00 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium on the Campus of Adrian College, will address these and other issues facing stakeholders for education. The forum is free and open to the public.
“These questions are basic to the current debate over American public education.” said Fritz Detwiler, Adrian College professor and director of the Institute for Ethics. “We will be considering not only the goals of public education, but also who has the moral responsibility for achieving those goals.”
Andrea Milner, director of the Institute for Education and professor at the College, said the panel would include educators, parents, business owners and government officials.
“We hope to offer a broader insight into the common expectations of and needs for society as it relates to educating our children,” Milner said.
Those participating on the panel include: Andrea Milner, Director of the Institute for Education, Adrian College; Sam Skeels, Principal of Lincoln Elementary, Adrian Public Schools; John Austin, President of the Board of Education, State of Michigan; Gary Koppelman, 5th grade teacher, Blissfield Elementary School, and 2013 SHELL Science Award Winner, Don Taylor, local business advocate, Adrian, MI, Heather Perez, Resource Development Manager, Communities in Schools and Susan Deemer, parent in the Adrian Public Schools District for two decades.
“We are very excited to be bringing these people together to explore the implications diverse perspectives have on our educational system and, ultimately, our students” Milner added.