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Thursday, November 15 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hidden Roots of Discontent with Public Schools

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“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”  -Henry David Thoreau  

The truth is that public schools are good as or better than they have ever been— so why the national negativity surrounding them?  Why do groups of elected officials, from the state house to the White House, feel justified in criticizing public schools?  Most of these representatives are caring, patriotic, well-meaning individuals who strangely, when assembled, become negative about public schools.  What drives this misguided malady?  In this presentation Dr. Draper pushes aside the branches of evil and leads you on a journey to the roots of the problem.  It’s not low test scores or dwindling discipline or selfish unions or partisan politics or decaying families.  You’ll be surprised at the public myth that drives negativity about public schools.


Dr. John Draper

National Consultant, National School Public Relations Association
John Draper has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences in his lifetime. For the last 30+ years he has been middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, middle and high school principal, Executive Director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, CEO of the Educational... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Colony A/C