In 1916, Bucknell founded its Department of Education. The very same year, John Dewey published Democracy & Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, which continues to have a profound influence in all spheres of education, both in the United States and abroad. In honor of these two milestones, Bucknell is holding a series of events exploring education's role in democracy then, now and in the future.


A.G. RudProfessor A.G. Rud, Distinguished Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Washington State University

"100 Years Since Dewey's Democracy & Education: The Purpose of Public Education in American Democracy"

March 7, 2016, 7 p.m., ACWS 210|| View the event poster

A February presentation by Paul Gorski, Professor of Integrative Studies at George Mason University and founder of EdChange, was cancelled.

Film & Filmmaker Presentation

Tested film posterTested - with writer, producer and director Curtis Chin
March 22, 2016, 7 p.m., Gallery Theatre

The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation's top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70 percent of the city's school-aged population, they represent less than 5 percent at the city's most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73 percent. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse eighth graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested includes the voices of Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch, among other experts in the field of education, as it explores issues such as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth.

Curtis Chin has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as projects for NBC and Fox. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation, among others. His first documentary, Vincent Who?, has screened at nearly 400 colleges in four countries and won awards from the National Association for Multicultural Education and the Asian American Justice Center. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and NPR, and in Newsweek and other media outlets. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU.

This event is sponsored by the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, the Associate Provost for Diversity's It Starts With Me Mini Grant program, the University Lectureship Committee, and the departments of education, psychology and sociology.

Alumni Panel

"Making an Impact"
March 24, 2015, noon, ELC 213, Walls Lounge

Alumni of the education program will discuss their career trajectories and the ways in which the liberal arts has influenced the way they approach their work. The panel will feature alumni from both our teacher preparation programs and our Bachelor of Arts program.

Event hosted by the education department and the Career Development Center.

About John Dewey and Democracy & Education

John Dewey is America's most well known philosopher of education. Among his over 100 publications during his extraordinary career, his best known work, Democracy and Education, was published in 1916 and continues to have a profound influence in all spheres of education, both in the United States and abroad.

In this book, Dewey suggests that the central role of education in a democracy is to establish the freedom and equality of its citizens. Dewey argues that education provides the best foundation for the development of these qualities, both for individuals and for society at large. He further explains that schools and educators must do more than simply transmit information to students; they must develop citizens with the capacity to engage in free and rational discourse.

For Dewey, democracy was much more than an electoral process or a political structure, it was a way of life based on inquiry, communication, and learning. The practice of democracy, insisted Dewey, required learning about others views and perspectives and working with others to define common aims.

Through this work, Dewey advances his view that education is not preparation for life, but an essential aspect of life itself.