John M. Novak and Kenneth A. McClelland,
It has been one year since the inception of Professing Education.
Over the course of our first year it has been our objective to
highlight the importance of education in a democratic culture.
In focusing on two educative themes (Professing Education, and
The Miseducation of the Democratic Public) we have been able to
elicit thoughtful and provocative ideas from a wide variety of
educational contexts and sources. Our plan is to continue speaking
to the broader categories of educational thought in order to further
generate ideas and discussion around a diverse spectrum of relevant
educational issues worldwide. It is our hope that we can continue
to put forth a deepening understanding of salient issues that
are sensitive to both the history of the field as well as the
present challenges facing the field.
As a way of furthering this endeavor we hope to bring to our
readership at least one of the key lectures presented at the annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),
sponsored and hosted by the Society of Professors of Education
(SPE). This would involve bringing our readers at least one of
the following keynote lectures: The Charles De Garmo Lecture to
be delivered by Dr. Jeannie Oakes (University of California, Los
Angeles), entitled, "Education for all on Equal Terms: Voices
from 50 years of Struggle."; The Mary Ann Raywid Award Lecture
to be delivered by Dr. William F. Pinar (Louisiana State University),
entitled, "The Gender and Racial Politics of Contemporary
School Reform."; and the lecture delivered on the occasion
of the presentation of The Wisnieski Award for Teacher Education
to the University of Maryland at Baltimore by Dr. Joseph Newman,
entitled, "No Intro Course Left Behind?"
We are pleased, as well, to be able to reach a wider readership
through our web site (http://profed.brocku.ca) which contains
not only present and past publications, but also additional information
pertaining to this publication and its parent organization (SPE).
Visitors to this site will also find a link to our sister publication,
The Sophist's Bane.
We wish you all a Happy New Year and we look forward to hearing