Save Our Schools is hosting a webinar on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 PM PST with Deborah Meier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige on young children and the new regiment of testing as well as the emphasis on standardized curriculum that is being pushed by Arne Duncan,  Secretary of Education for the Obama administration.

To follow is an introduction of the speakers as provided on the SOS website.

Deborah Meier is a senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS, Dissent and The Nation magazines. She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harlem) and Boston (Roxbury) including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill. Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987 she was the first educator to receive a McArthur “genius” Award and currently blogs for Education Week with Diane Ravitch (Bridging Differences.)

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University where she has taught teachers for more than 30 years. Professor Carlsson-Paige was a founder of the University’s Center for Peaceable Schools. Since the mid-1980′s, Nancy has written and spoken extensively about the impact of violence, especially in the media, on children’s lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution. She has written five books and numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, and peaceable classrooms and schools. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy is an advocate for policies and practices that promote children’s well being and encourage skills and attitudes that further peace and nonviolence.

This promises to be a very interesting program and is being moderated by a Parents Across Seattle member Rebecca Ritchie.

You can register for this webinar at the  SOS website.