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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Feb 8, 2018

Modern educators have expressed dissatisfaction with our current K-12 school system. Many claim that it prioritizes only a single way of understanding, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps “disability” labels over differences in learning style. And when the children struggle, schools pressure parents into “fixing” their children rather than questioning the system.

With boldness, experience, and humor, education expert Susan Wise Bauer turned conventional wisdom on its head: when a serious problem arises at school, the fault more likely lies with the school (or the educational system itself) rather than with the child. Bauer invited us to examine the traditional K-12 school structure with her book Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education. She offered trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses and a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from learning differences, maturity differences, and toxic classroom environments. Join Bauer for a discussion of best practices in sane, humane parenting―negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects our children’s minds, emotions, and spirits.

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator and academic who taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for fifteen years and has worked with parents and students for over two decades. She is the author of the classic book on homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind, as well as other previous best-selling titles for Norton including The Well-Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, and the History of the World series.

Recorded live at Phinney Neighborhood Association by Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.