Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Live Interview Thursday, January 12th - Mitch Pearlstein on Family Fragmentation and Education

Join me Thursday, January 12th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Mitch Pearlstein on his book From Family Collapse to America's Decline. Mr. Pearlstein argues that very "high rates of family fragmentation in the United States are subtracting from what very large numbers of students are learning in school and forever holding them back in other ways," leading to reduced economic competitiveness and deepening class divisions. His "elephant-in-the-room" thesis of the family's impact on educational achievement is "neither a liberal nor a conservative opinion" (Glen C. Loury), and we'll explore with him the difficulties of addressing this topic from both the policy and reform perspectives.

Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is available at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-01-12.1527.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/mitchpearlstein.mp3.

Mitch Pearlstein is president of Center of the American Experiment, a think tank he founded in Minneapolis in 1990. He has made his career in education, journalism and government, having served on the staffs of University of Minnesota President C. Peter Magrath and Minnesota Governor Albert H. Quie; as an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and in the U.S. Department of Education, among other assignments. His newest book, recently released by Rowman & Littlefield, is From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation. Previous books include The Fatherhood Movement: A Call to Action (with co-editors Wade F. Horn and David Blankenhorn); Close to Home: Celebrations and Critiques of America’s Experiment in Freedom (with Katherine A. Kersten); and Riding into the Sunrise: Al Quie and a Life of Faith, Service & Civility. His doctorate is in educational administration from the University of Minnesota and he is married to the Rev. Diane Darby McGowan, a Minneapolis Police Chaplain and Deacon of an Episcopal Parish in St. Paul. They have four adult children, three grandchildren, and currently only two dogs. They live with the latter, Trevor and Bailey, in Minneapolis.

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