The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present a panel addressing issues of “No Child Left Behind: A Threat to American Democracy?” at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Silver Center . Panelists for that discussion will be Tonya Tookes, instructor of counselor education, PSU College of Graduate Studies; Allan DiBiase, adjunct, PSU College of Graduate Studies; Joss French, assistant professor of education and Kim Williams, professor, PSU College of Graduate Studies.
This presentation will address the democratic challenges of No Child Left Behind legislation, such as separation of church and state, the use of vouchers to pay for religious private education, states’ rights, the impact on low income and minority areas, and high stakes testing.
The final Sidore Lecture of the 2006-2007 series will be presented by Dr. Xu Wenli, institute senior fellow, The Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, who is one of China’s most recognized pro-democracy advocates.
All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (603) 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For lecture series information, call (603) 535-2638.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at www.plymouth.edu/sidore.