Symposium Focuses on Educating Young People for Their Future, Not Our Past
Whole Child Symposium Live event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. For three hours attendees—leading education leaders, U.S. congressional staff, and various ASCD constituents—listened to ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter and a panel of education experts discuss global education policies, processes, and practices and the influences on children, societies, and economies in the future. This discussion, led by ASCD Whole Child Programs Director Sean Slade, was focused more globally and on long-term problems, challenges, and solutions. Panelists addressed three key driving questions:
- How will decisions made by policymakers today determine what our youth and societies become?
- What do we as a society risk by abdicating the decision-making process or, at worst, not being aware that the wheels are in motion?
- At a fundamental level, what do we want our youth, our children, and our societies to become, and what decisions must be made to get us there?
Panelists included Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum; David Osher, American Institutes for Research (AIR) vice president, AIR Institute fellow, and co-director of AIR's Health and Social Development Program; Karen Pittman, president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment; and Yong Zhao, an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker who focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education.
Watch the 2014 Whole Child Symposium Live event below and keep the discussion going by registering for and attending this week's Whole Child Symposium Virtual sessions.
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