ThinkOlio Presents: A Radical Peace Education: Responding to Useless Learning, Structural Violence and the School to Prison Pipeline

Friday May 26: 7:00PM 8:00PM

This Olio makes a distinction between schooling and education. Schooling dumbs us down and education ignites fiery passions. This class will trace the rise of mass schooling, which was a means for society to re-shape itself, and a tool for the marginalized and uneducated to access the formerly inaccessible and discuss why mass schooling calcified into a factory-type functionalism that has become outmoded.

This Olio characterizes schooling as a violent assembly line that produces robots and alienates students from their teachers, from history, and from critical thinking, leaving them without the capacity to re-invigorate a malnourished democracy.

From teaching to the test, to stressed scapegoated teachers, to the school-to-prison-pipeline, to a cratered public school system, to intrusive attempts at corporatized hostile take overs, this class denounces these facets of schooling as authoritarian and useless for 21st century learning, and issues a call for a radical peace education that can challenge and equip teachers and students in co-imagining and co-enacting more just and sustainable futures!

Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Education at Gettysburg College. Hakim's doctorate is in International Educational Development with a focus in Peace Education from Columbia University. His research and writing centers on school/structural violence, educational inequity and youth empowerment.

The presenting beer sponsor is Sixpoint Brewery. Wine is generously provided by Maison Cubi.

Buy a ticket HERE or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.