Public Event

The Race to Nowhere: Abandoning the Promise of Universal Education CANCELED
Monday, September 29, 2014
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana (View Map)

David J. Blacker
Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies Program, University of Delaware


Universal education is beloved as an ideal while its reality is being extinguished. Heralded as expansions of access where we “race to the top” and “leave no child behind,” initiatives involving marketization, austerity, privatization and student debt combine to eliminate and expel growing segments of the rising generation.  Why is this happening?  And why now?  David J. Blacker outlines a coherent framework for understanding the current onslaught against all levels of public education. It all comes down to deep and troubling changes in the economy that “education reform” cannot touch and that nobody wants to talk about.

Hosted by: Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

In conjunction with: College of Education, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of African American Studies, Department of Human and Community Development, Department of Latina/Latino Studies,  Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Education Justice Project, Forum on the Future of Public Education, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, School of Labor and Employment Relations, School of Social Work, Spurlock Museum, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

 letter from David Blacker canceling his visit to the University of Illinois


Blacker cancellation