Talk on education reform scheduled for Sept 17

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Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The public is invited to hear Kevin Kumashiro give a talk on education reform on Monday, September 17, 4:30-5:30 pm in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo UCB 127.

Kumashiro’s talk, “Don’t Blame the Teachers: How Blame Distorts the Bigger Picture,” takes aim at the current debate on education reform. Based on his most recent book, the talk will highlight the common ways that both the public and influential leaders think about problems and solutions for public education, and suggest ways to help see the bigger picture and reframe the debate.

Originally from Hawaiʻi, Kumashiro is currently a professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author or editor of nine books and journal articles on anti-oppressive education and activism, including his most recent book, Bad Teachers! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture. His research, teaching, and activism are said to be redefining the field of anti-oppressive education as he develops new approaches to addressing issues of social justice in schools. He is also the current president of the National Association of Multicultural Education.

The talk is co-sponsored by the UH Hilo Education Department and the International Student Services & Intercultural Education program. For more information or to request accommodations based on a disability, call (808) 974-7313.

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