Education Equity Lecture

The Education Equity Lecture demonstrates one of the ways in which the University of Newcastle is committed to making a difference in the community. It forms part of the University's contribution to the debate on equity in education, a field to which, as sector leaders in enabling and alternative entry programs, the University is deeply committed.

2013 Education Equity Lecture

Professor Michael Apple presented the inaugural lecture in this series Is this really democratic? Understanding and interrupting the right in education on Tuesday 5 November at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. 

Throughout the world, educational policies and practices are being proposed that are rhetorically committed to enhancing democracy and achievement. Choice, marketisation, competition, testing, and higher standards in curriculum and teaching will supposedly lead to lasting reform. Do they? By and large they seem to have very different effects, changing our understanding of democracy from "thick" to "thin" forms and leading to the production of inequalities. But there are more robust and more critically democratic alternatives from which we can learn a good deal.

Professor Michael Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, USA. He teaches courses in curriculum theory, development, and research, and in the sociology of curriculum. His major interests lie in the relationship between culture and power in education and in democratising educational policy and practice.

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