USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2020
Can Education Save Democracy?
USC Rossier believes it can.
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote this message to educators in September 1938, during American Education Week. His words were clear: An educated democracy is the only democracy that works.
The Health of Our Educational Institutions Reflects the Health of Our Democracy
How do we leverage the power of our schools to defend against threats to our democratic systems?
Julie Marsh on why local power is essential to democracy
USC Rossier Professor of Education Policy discusses strategies for engaging local stakeholders, her experience as a researcher and how COVID-19 will impact funding for education.
To create the best learning environments, start with self-determined students
Research on the autonomy-supportive classroom shows it increases engagement, teaches students to self-govern and leads to better learning outcomes
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on why democracy needs abstract thinkers
Neuroscientist, psychologist and USC Rossier professor of education discusses adolescent development, her new research center and what her kids have taught her.
Student & Alumni Stories
Edgar Fidel Lopez completed the LA Marathon 3 times, but ensuring equity for first-gen students is his next finish line
Edgar Fidel Lopez
The Rossier PhD Student Challenging Expectations—in Foot Races and Higher Ed