Education for Unknowable Futures: Refugees, States & the Future of Learning

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Education in Conflict and Emergencies Seminar: 2019/20

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Education for Unknowable Futures: Refugees, Nation-States, and the Future of Learning

Speaker: Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Seminar overview: Formal education systems are foundational to the sovereignty of modern-nation states and, both historically and in the present, are strong nationalizing endeavors. Within these formal systems, a hallmark of recent educational history globally is vacillation between standardization across regions and schools and autonomy at local levels, within cities and districts. Redistribution to address resource-based inequalities can be addressed through standardization and centralized control. Yet recognition to address identity-based inequalities cuts to the core of tensions between standardization and autonomy. What are the trade-offs between the autonomy needed for recognition to enable full participation by all and the potential costs of this autonomy vis-à-vis unity across group differences? This tension, so challenging to resolve within national education systems, is heightened for refugees who live and are educated outside of their nation-states of citizenship. This presentation will explore the tensions of standardization and autonomy in education of refugees. In a situation of standardization, what entity is the standardizing power: the country of origin, the host country, a global actor? In a situation of autonomy, from what, toward what end, and with what consequences for individuals and nation-states, in terms of recognition, learning, and future opportunities?

Presenter Bio: Sarah Dryden-Peterson leads a research program that focuses on the connections between education and community development, specifically the role that education plays in building peaceful and participatory societies. Her work is situated in conflict and postconflict settings and with Diaspora communities. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy. She is Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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