You are invited to the Education Policy Book Talk and Luncheon featuring:
Dean of the Graduate School of Education
and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy
at The George Washington University
President of the National Academy of Education
discussing his new book
The Rising Price of Objectivity
Friday, May 19th, 12-2 pm
Location: IEL, 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 100, Washington DC, 20008
Thirteen dollars for the subsidized lunch will be collected at the door (cash or check only).
RSVP by May 17th
In The Rising Price of Objectivity, Michael J. Feuer describes what he sees as a “perfect storm” gathering in the sea of education research. He notes the convergence of three important trends: first, the rise in strategic education philanthropy; second, the decline in federal funding, in part due to ideologically contested priorities; and third, the growing influence of nonacademic think tanks operating outside the constraints of university-based research. Together, he cautions, the combination of these forces threatens scientific research generally, and in particular, jeopardizes the effort to generate independent, credible evidence that is needed to inform and guide our efforts to improve education.
Feuer proposes a series of measures for countering the drift toward ideology over inquiry and ensuring that private foundations, the so-called advice industry, and the federal government protect the reliability and credibility of education research for the advancement of the public good.
The author’s thoughtful, fair-minded, and engaging analysis offers a unique perspective on the distinctively American approach to funding new knowledge in education.
Michael J. Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education. Before coming to GW in 2010, Feuer held positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies: he was the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment, founding director of the Center for Education, and executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC in 1993, Feuer was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment.
Feuer received his BA in English from Queens College (CUNY), an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and a PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He was on the faculty at Drexel University from 1981-1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown.
He has written two books, both published by Harvard Education Press. The most recent one, “The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research” came out in November, 2016. He has had dozens of peer reviewed articles in leading education, economics, philosophy, and policy journals. His essays, commentaries, and poems have appeared in newspapers, blogs, and magazines in the US and abroad. Feuer consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East.
Feuer was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (total membership under 200), in 2003, and to the presidency in 2013. He is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association, co-chair of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), and was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences in 2014.
Required reservations may be made online by Wednesday, May 17th.
Limited available seating is assigned according to the order in which reservations are received. Thirteen dollars for the subsidized lunch will be collected at the door (cash or check only).