Chasing the promise of equitable education: A Columbus Metropolitan Club forum

By: - February 10, 2022 3:35 am

A teenage student. (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images).

What does equitable education mean in America, today and tomorrow? The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum Wednesday afternoon exploring this topic, moderated by Ohio Capital Journal Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt.

In a few generations, American students have gone from one-room schoolhouses to attempting to keep up with a global economy moving at the speed of light. While technology advances at ever-faster rates, America’s educational institutions move at the rate at which students can learn, and the two are often out of sync. Across America, wide gaps also exist between students in terms of educational opportunities.

After 2010, America’s online audiences became more democratized than ever before, but many Americans students are unprepared or underprepared as they venture into the online wilderness. Are American students – and citizens – ready and able to distinguish fact from fiction in an online world where every source can appear reputable?

What is the role of critical thinking skills in ensuring that a free democracy can endure assaults of misinformation – and even outright fabrications – online? How can schools measure the technical literacy and critical thinking abilities of their students to know their instruction is impactful? Is student learning best measured by evaluating what students can create, versus what students know?

And what about gaming? How can games tell a story to their players, have their players go through the story, and emerge on the other side as better people? Can games be used to teach empathy and to build positive social skills, instead of inviting young people into a world of isolation?

The cost of educational inequity is a population that grows more divided, more susceptible to misinformation, and more dangerous to democracy. Watch the forum below hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club featuring a panel of experts for a wide-ranging exploration of the future – and the promise – of equitable education in America.

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David DeWitt
David DeWitt

OCJ Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends. He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

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