The Gettysburg Junto Club was founded in 2014 as a forum for discussion of education and educational issues. The club’s initial membership includes Dave Powell, the site administrator and Assistant Professor of Education at Gettysburg College, and 21 of the brightest students of education politics and policy currently living in Gettysburg. These 21 students are all enrolled in a course, Education 377: Education Policy & Politics, that is designed to give them a sustained taste of the issues that complicate the education of young people in the United States. Let’s hope it doesn’t leave a bad taste in their mouths.
In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, who, by all accounts, founded the first Junto club in Pennsylvania way back in 1727, we hope to make this space one that encourages lively discussion. We are determined to be “of no party or clique,” with apologies to The Atlantic, at least until and unless a party or clique develops that puts kids first in schools–not in some cynical, self-serving way, but in a way that demonstrates genuine respect for the intelligence of young people and respect for the future so many of us would like to see. A lot of us would probably join that clique.
Note: the views expressed on this blog represent the author only, and in no way, shape, or form should they be considered reflective of Gettysburg College or of any other clique or institution we, as individuals, might be affiliated with. Even if it’s the “Respect for the Intelligence of Young People” clique mentioned above.