October 23, 2006
For immediate release
In another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown, the School is kicking off a new column in the Santa Barbara Independent. “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” will appear every other week, first on the Independent’s on-line publication and eventually in the print paper, too. The first column appears on the paper’s website October 23.
As Dean Jane Close Conoley writes in her introductory essay of the series: “Political rhetoric and media reports often give distorted views of the evidence that really exists on how children learn best. Teachers are described as key to children’s success, but controversy swirls around how to best prepare them. The country worries about safety and civility in our schools, but we are frustrated by our failure to achieve our goals.
“The Gevirtz School faculty has decided to offer the evidence associated with many of the questions we have about U.S. education and child and family welfare in our complex, multicultural, and economically diverse society. Subsequent columns will deal with issues of school safety, bullies, teasing, the role of tests in helping children learn, and much more. We will offer the facts as they are known through careful research. We’ll cut through the politics and ideologies of the day so each column may please some, enrage others, and frustrate still more who imagine that more evidence exists.
“We are your university and your source for unbiased evidence about questions that matter. We’ll tell you what’s known and what’s still a mystery in the life long adventure we call education.”