Author Talk: Steve Nelson 02.08.17 7pm Norwich Bookstore

Steve Nelson, Valley News education columnist and contributor to Huffington Post and Head of Calhoun School in NYC will be talking about his new book First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk at the Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7pm. Open to the public.

The Norwich Bookstore states: "Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and our students must be imaginative, creative, empathic and passionately alive. First Do No Harm develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world’s increasingly severe challenges.

Steve Nelson traces the origins of progressive education and argues that a traditional or conventional approach to education has dominated as a matter of political expediency, not good practice. The book provides an unsparing critique of current policy and practice, particularly the excesses of contemporary education reform. Using anecdotes from his many years as an educational leader, he makes the case in an engaging, colorful and accessible style."

Steve Nelson will be a guest in Professor Scheiner's EDUC029: Policy and Politics in American Education S17 at 2A.