Curry Centennial Lecture Series
Lecturers To Talk About Top Issues In Education Today
October 22, 2004 --
The Curry School of Education is commemorating its 2004-05 centennial year with a lecture series focusing on some of the most pressing issues in education today. Aptly called “Preparing for our Next Century,” the series will bring experts on a range of subjects to U.Va., whose talks will be free and open to the public.
In today’s political arena where standards are pushed to improve public schools, Arizona professor David Berliner challenges the notion, discussing “How High Stakes Testing Corrupts Our Educational Measures and Our Educators.” He will speak Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in Ruffner Hall Auditorium.
The results of high-stakes testing has become the report card of our nation's schools, with some negative, unintended consequences, said James Cooper, retired Curry faculty member and former dean. “Berliner is concerned that this myopic emphasis on testing forces teachers to abandon teaching strategies, such as inductive inquiry, because they take longer and don’t allow teachers to ‘cover the content,’” Cooper said. “The emphasis on high-stakes testing also puts tremendous pressure on students and teachers alike, and discounts other desirable learning outcomes, such as developing a love of a subject, increased attendance, etc.”
Berliner’s research on the psychology of learning helps teachers nationwide reform their strategies to improve education. He is the co-author, with B.J. Biddle of “The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud and the Attack on America’s Public Schools.”
In the next lecture, psychology professor William Pelham, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, will talk about “Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Treatment for ADHD: Just Say ‘Yes’ to Drugs?” His talk will be Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in Ruffner Hall Auditorium.
Lecturers in the spring will discuss the best teaching of reading and the public health problem of physical inactivity.
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