During the first part of our final episode of season 1, we interview Dr. Johann Neem, author of the new book “Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America.” Dr. Neem is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and a professor of history at Western Washington University. He is the author of Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts, and the book that we will be discussing tonight.
Questions / Topics Discussed:
Dr. Neem’s book covers a comprehensive history of public education in America, but looking toward the future: what do you believe the future of public education will look like?
What worries you about the state of public education in America? What gives you hope?
What parallels do you see from the time of Andrew Jackson and our current political climate as it pertains to the purposes of public education?