the National Network for Educational Renewal held its annual meeting
in Bellevue, Washington, on October 15-17, 2009, AED Scholars
led five discussions. The first presentation provided an overview
of the seemingly intractable issues that frustrate our efforts
to develop the good society: one in which the people are both
healthy and wise and the culture as a wholea democratic
cultureis supportive. Following that introduction session/paper,
the remaining sessions/papers dealt with the following issues:
Gross inequities in virtually every component of this nation's
system of public education.
2. Inattention to the huge body of information we have about
individual differences among humans and about human development
3. The general failure of policymakers, professionals, and
the general public to work together in a common purpose such
as the public democratic purpose of schooling.
4. The continued failure of our society, especially at the
policy level, to comprehend that the conventional wisdom and
dominant behavior of our people stem from nonintentional and
intentional educating by forces other than our schools.
The following Critical Issues Papers are works in progress.
of the AED Scholars Papers: The Creation of a Wise and Healthy People
and a Culture for Sustaining and Renewing This Populace
of Education to Accommodate Individual Learning Differences
Purpose for Schooling
a Common Purpose for Schooling in the United States: Why Do We Educate
in a Democracy?
Other Than Schools
Society's Failure to Comprehend the Educational
Influence of Forces Other Than Schools