University of Rochester

EVENT: Scholar on Education Reform to Speak as Warner School's Fall Scandling Lecturer

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Room 207 of Schlegel Hall, on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

December 1, 2006

Harry Brighouse, a professor of philosophy and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "Evaluating School Reform: What Values Should We Use, and How Should We Use them?" as the fall Scandling lecture hosted by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.

During his lecture, Brighouse will argue for a distinctive set of liberal aims for education and explore various problems we are likely to encounter while using them to evaluate reforms. He will explore a series of common errors and show that some standard criticisms of recent choice-based and standards-based reforms are mistaken.

Brighouse's research ranges across political philosophy, philosophy of education, and education policy. He has been deeply involved in public debates about school reform in England, where he advised policymakers at national and local levels. He writes a regular column about American education for the Times Education Supplement. Most recently, he wrote a short book, On Education, advocating a liberal account of the aims of education, and applying those aims to key controversial questions, such as whether the government should fund religious schools.

For more information about the Scandling Lecture Series, please contact the Warner School at (585) 275-7428 or visit the Warner Web site at