As a political scientist, my objectives are more mixed. I am deeply concerned about the ideological divisions within the study of public education -- on all sides of the issues. At the same time, I strongly feel that we need better empirical research into the political dimensions of public education and the ways that public education is a forum for the contestation of other values besides educational equity. Without understanding those dynamics, advocates of educational equity will find themselves unable to understand the limitations of the cause
and their own opportunities.
I look foward to meeting you all in a couple of weeks.