Pioneering Global Sustainability Efforts in Uganda

I’m off Monday, May 23rd, to Kampala, Uganda to work with teachers at the Circle of Peace School on developing and implementing curriculum on energy, sustainability, and development that builds on the technological innovations brought to the school by AHEAD Energy in Rochester. Beyond what I learn over the next weeks, I have several goals. One is to for the school become a community resource on energy and sustainability. A second goal is to develop a partnership between Peace School in Uganda and the Harley School in Rochester, NY. (For a longer description of the project, see the Warner School website news story: New Interdisciplinary Curriculum Enables Schools to Pioneer Global Environmental Sustainability Efforts http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3627.

This is a new area for me. While I have been writing about increasing global inequality, I have been able to do so from the safe confines of my office. Now, I am off to see what I can actually do. It is critically important that developing countries have access to energy and other resources while at the same time trying not to contribute to global climate change.

I will try to blog regularly. I should add that while a student was initially coming along with me, she recently dropped out of the project for family and personal reasons. However, two students from the University of Rochester Medical School may join me in a week. Energy and health are intertwined. For example, the use of firewood in cooking stoves not only leads to deforestation but also contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year. It will be fascinating to see what we can do.

I depart Uganda on June 13th for the World Council of Comparative Education Societies conference in Istanbul, where I will be presenting two papers, one on globalization, neoliberalism, and inequality, a second on our work in Uganda. I will say more about those papers as I get them written!

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David Hursh

For the last decade David Hursh’s writing and political organizing has focused on the dangers of high-stakes testing. His most recent book, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), situates the rise of high-stakes testing in states like Texas and New York, and at the federal level with No Child Left Behind within larger debates about the purposes of education and the nature of society. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, John E. Cawthorne Professor at Boston College, wrote: "In this unusual book, David Hursh combines rich recollections of classroom teaching with trenchant analysis of the "real crisis" in education today-the neoliberal package of high stakes testing, accountability, markets and privatization. The result is a deeply disturbing but compelling and original book that puts democratic education back where it should be--at the center of discussions about schools and schooling.” In 1998 Hursh helped start the Coalition for Common Sense in Education, a group of parents, students, and educators working to changed education policy through lobbying in Albany and hosting forums. Some of the speakers the Coalition has funded include Jonathan Kozol, Angela Valenzuela, Deborah Meier, Peter Sacks, Monty Neill, and Susan Ohanian. Since the publication of his book in March, Hursh has delivered invited talks to numerous groups, including the Rochester Teachers Association, Monroe County School Board Association, and in the Arts and Lectures series at SUNY-Cortland. This upcoming academic year he has been invited to present at universities across the United States. David Hursh is a Professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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  1. Matthew
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    Its good to see people making an effort and making a difference. Keep up the good work!

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