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Are Schools Really Failing? With Diane Ravitch

D._RavitchDiane Ravitch, a Research Professor of Education at New York University, education historian, and educational policy analyst, will be presenting a talk, sponsored by the Illahee Lecture Series on
Tuesday, Mar. 20, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln High School. 

Are Schools Really Failing...
or are we looking at education through an out-of-focus lens?
 
Tickets: $20.

 See the Ravitch Event Flyer. 

 For further information about the lecture, and to purchase tickets, go to: http://illahee.org/lectures/sacred_cows/document_view   

This is an excellent opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Education Reform Movement and how it is impacting Oregon Schools.

First Unitarian Church will host a free reception in her honor, the afternoon of Mar. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for parents, teachers, and community members that have questions and/or concerns about the direction of public education in Oregon. There will be a Q & A session as well as informal time to speak with Ms. Ravitch. 
This reception is limited to 75 people, so to reserve your spot, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3087351351  

Questions?  Contact: Catherine Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

NEXT EVENT IN THIS SERIES
An Evening with Dr. Yong Zhao
(see Zhao flyer)
OREGON SAVE OUR SCHOOLS
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Location: First Unitarian Church
Date: Thursday, April, 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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What Do I Believe? A Retreat for 8th/9th Coming of Agers

8th/9th graders are invited to attend a special showing of a video about a wide spectrum of religious beliefs. We will use this time to talk with mentors, teachers and other youth about religious beliefs and cultural awareness. This program will be vital for completing the credo portion of the Coming of Age program.

"In this award-winning documentary featured on PBS, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, and Jewish Teens share their most personal struggles and beliefs about faith, morality, suffering and death, prayer, the purpose of life and the divine. Without a hint of dogma they candidly discuss everything from hormones to heaven, deflate misperceptions and stereotypes at every turn, and make a strong case for a more tolerant America." From the website, http://whatdoyoubelieve.org/

We will also look at similarities and differences between teens, between religions and between beliefs.

I hope everyone will attend this retreat.

When: Saturday, January 14 from 10 am-4pm

Bring: Sack Lunch and a snack to share. Beverages will be provided.

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What Do I Believe?

What do you believe? How do you determine what those beliefs are? Do they change in your lifetime? What might influence those changes or your basic beliefs? 8th & 9th graders along with their mentors and teachers will view the documentary, "What Do You Believe?" and answer specific questions about various beliefs. The video interviews six teens about their religious beliefs who, in turn, represent Catholicism, Islam, Paganism, Judaism, Buddhism and the Lakota (one Native American) religion. As a group we will look at similarities between those teens and between their religions. We will talk about various beliefs that are brought up by the video such as; religious stereotypes, beliefs about God or gods, ministerial leaders like priests, how religions affect views on dating, premarital sex, holiday celebrations, non-violence practices, drugs and alcohol prevention, how friends perceive religious views and what affect that has on our youth, and the purpose of life.

This is one of the most important retreats for the Coming of Age program. Excerpt from the website, http://whatdoyoubelieve.org/
     "In this award-winning documentary featured on PBS, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, and Jewish Teens share their most personal struggles and beliefs about faith, morality, suffering and death, prayer, the purpose of life and the divine. Without a hint of dogma they candidly discuss everything from hormones to heaven, deflate misperceptions and stereotypes at every turn, and make a strong case for a more tolerant America."
All 8th & 9th graders should attend this important retreat on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10-4pm. More details sent to registered participants.

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