As part of the John Harvard Book Celebration, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development Kathleen McCartney presented a public lecture at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library that addressed some of the problems facing public education today.
McCartney pointed to statistics around gaps in graduation rates in the United States and discussed several of the leading challenges of education reform today. McCartney also talked through several recommendations around investing in extended learning time and early childhood education in order to help improve public education. She closed with the following quote from President Obama: “…education is about something more, something greater. It is about the ability that lies within each of us to rise above any barrier, no matter how high; to pursue any dream, no matter how big; to fulfill our God-given potential.”
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The next John Harvard Book Celebration talk will be on May 22 at 5 p.m. at the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library at 300 North Harvard Street, Allston. Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse will present “A Very Short Introduction to the Supreme Court” based on her recent book of the same name.