What do schools teach? What SHOULD schools teach? The problem is not that we don’t have an answer to this question. The problem is that can’t agree on which answer is the right one.
Tomorrow night award-winning documentarian Trey Kay is bringing his latest radio documentary to the scenic campus of Binghamton University in sunny Binghamton, New York. This work, “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom,” explores school politics in the Lone Star State. As ILYBYGTH readers know well, those Texas politics tend to be more exciting versions of the sorts of school fights we hear all over the country: Can cheerleaders use the Bible at public-school football games? Can textbooks preach a neo-Confederate vision of US History? Can creationism and evolution jostle along side-by-side in public-school science classes?
Tomorrow evening, Trey will share an excerpt from his earlier documentary, “The Great Textbook War.” Then we’ll listen to “The Long Game.” Afterwards, we’ll benefit from Trey’s commentary, as well as that of world-renowned historian Jonathan Zimmerman of New York University. Binghamton’s own Matt McConn, a recent émigré from Houston public schools, will also join the panel.
Unfortunately, we won’t be web-streaming the event. But for all those who can make it to the Binghamton area, you are most welcome to attend. The fun will begin at 6 PM, Thursday, February 27, in University Union room 120, on the campus of Binghamton University. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration has closed, but everyone is still welcome to come by without registration.