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Humanizing Education Policy: Can Liberal Arts Education be Universal Education?
Americans have long cared about preserving a tradition of liberal arts education, seeing it as key to a free society of citizens with both the knowledge and virtue to sustain self-governance and to advance social order and prosperity. In this webinar, Professor Mooney will analyze the major the philosophical debates about educational policy, such as between pragmatist, Marxist, classical liberal and Christian views of education. She will explain key principles that could shape the goals and practices of American educational policies, curricula, and institutions. Based on the conviction that humans are created in the image of God, a good, practical and just education should focus on learning as an end in and of itself that forms intellectual and moral virtue and allows students to pursue a diversity of vocations, regardless of one’s social origins.

Introduction by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

Dec 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Margarita Mooney
Professor of Practical Theology @Princeton Theological Seminary
Margarita A. Mooney, Ph.D., was educated at Yale University and Princeton University, and has served on the sociology faculty at both schools. Since 2016, she has been a tenured professor of Practical Theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, she launched Scala Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to classical liberal arts and educating the whole person, mind, body and soul. In her recent work, including her popular Scala Foundation newsletter and her articles for publications like Real Clear Policy, Scientific American, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, she reaches a wide audience both inside and outside of academia about the nexus between moral philosophy and educational policy.