Education in Crisis:

Education in Crisis

About the Event

There is a taxonomy of responses to the charges against Education's wellbeing. From Kindergarten through terminal degree programs, from elite privates through large publics, and from traditional campuses to online deliveries, educational units and systems are being questioned about efficiency and effectiveness. Given this scenario, it's safe to say that the educational "crisis" threads from K-grad, with many different facets. If we define "crisis" as "A time when something important for the future happens or is decided," then it is our hope — "that our response can help to avoid a complete breakdown and/or to take positive steps forward."  This National Conversation is about forming an informed response, both philosophically and practically. This will happen on both the personal and corporate level.

Featured Discussions

Main Panel for National Conversations—“Education in Crisis: The Unasked Questions”
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Moderated by one of the leading voices in higher education, Scott Jaschik and important national voices will discuss some of education’s pressing needs and possible responses. These issues stretch across many sectors and age divisions of education and the community at-large; and the panel is composed to represent many of these. Joining Scott Jaschik ( will be Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Naomi Schaefer Riley (author and national writer), Phil Gardner (Employment Research Institute, MSU), Holiday Hart McKiernan (Lumina Foundation), Deborah Santiago (EdExcelencia), Mark C. Taylor (Crisis on Campus), and Gail Mellow (LaGuardia Community College). Jay Hein (Sagamore Institute) will moderate the Q & A.

“Enriching the Perspective on the Educational Crisis in America” – Reflections on “Education in Crisis”
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Scott Jaschik will facilitate this distinguished panel as it reflects on an engaging discussion on education . As the editor of, Jaschik interacts regularly with some of the 800,000 monthly readers on a wide variety of issues. Against this backdrop he’ll monitor the discussion among prominent contributors, including Alan Bjerga (National Press Club), Jeremie Kubicek (GiANT Impact), Lindsay Waters (Harvard University Press), Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (The American University in Postsecular Age), and Mark Galli (Christianity Today).

The University and the Public Square—Authors Discuss Their Books’ Connections to Education in Crisis
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As the capstone event of National Conversations’ filmed sessions on “Education in Crisis,” this panel will highlight key authors currently engaged with national audiences. Jerry Pattengale will moderate and has three recent books on student success (Why I Teach, The Purpose-Guided Student, & Helping Sophomores Succeed). He will be joined by John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture. Its current issue reviews some of the books being discussed. Other authors include Mark C. Taylor, whose new release already attracted hundreds of blog responses on New York Time’s website (Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities). Naomi Schaefer Riley’s God on the Quad provides a fresh look at religious education, and her forthcoming book will likely draw considerable attention: The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons You Won’t Get the Higher Education You Pay For. Tim Elmore’s Generation iY offers a profile of the students filling college courses—whether virtual or real. Lindsay Water’s Enemies of Promise challenges the current state of academic publishing, and a candid look at higher education’s priorities and scholarship standards. Jay Hein (Sagamore Institute) will moderate the Q & A. A sampling of the authors’ books will be given to the NPC audience.