Education and the war on youth

One of the most powerful social engineering tools available in society is school curriculum. Curriculum is inevitably a selection of official and privileged knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, where what is included and, more importantly perhaps, what is excluded is the decision of the dominant group in society. The curriculum can therefore be viewed as a potential weapon in the so called ‘war on youth’. How then can educators challenge this discourse and fight back on behalf of young people?

Education and the war on youth

Speaker bio: Professor Lorraine Ling

Executive Dean, Faculty of Education. Director, Educational Engagement

Lorraine is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Director of Educational Engagement across La Trobe University. She joined La Trobe University in 1985 following a career as a primary, technical school and high school teacher.  Lorraine’s areas of academic expertise lie in teacher education, professional development of teachers, values education, educational administration and leadership and educational policy construction.

Lorraine has worked across 5 campuses of the University and established and developed education programs at the Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton campuses of La Trobe.  She demonstrates a strong commitment to education and training in regional, metropolitan and offshore contexts and regularly contributes to debates and forums concerning education at a state, national and international policy level.  She is a member of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.