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(NY) The Soho Forum Debate: School Choice
July 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Debate between Bob Bowdon vs. Samuel Abrams.
“Parents should have the choice to opt out of public schools and redirect the taxpayer tuition money for their children to other approved schools or educational options.”
For the affirmative:
Bob Bowdon is the executive director of ChoiceMedia.TV, an investigative video website devoted to education reform. He is a champion of school choice, charter schools, vouchers, merit pay, and other types of education reform.
Bowdon is a longtime broadcast journalist, television producer, reporter and commentator. His varied career has seen him conducting in-depth on-camera interviews, anchoring newscasts and producing nationally-syndicated TV shows. He’s even appeared in satirical news sketches for the Onion News Network.
The Cartel, Bowdon’s award-winning documentary, reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched and self-serving cartel. And the film puts a human face on those who suffer as a result.
For the negative:
Samuel E. Abrams is Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset, and a chapter on Nordic education in Utbildningsekonomi: Om lärandets värde. In recognition of his promotion of the understanding of Finnish education in the United States, the Finnish government in 2014 made Abrams a Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.