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Chancellor Fariña Talks Common Core, Teacher Dignity At Pace Discussion

Pace President Stephen Friedman discusses the state of education today with Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor last Wednesday evening. Photo Credit: Pace
Carmen Fariña talks with President Friedman of Pace. Photo Credit: Pace

NEW YORK – On Wednesday evening, President Stephen J. Friedman and the Pace University School of Education hosted Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor, for a discussion on the state of education. The event is part of the University's InsideTrack speaker series.

During a lively hour-long discussion at the Schimmel Center on the University’s Lower Manhattan campus, President Friedman and Chancellor Fariña, who holds a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Pace, covered a lot of ground. The conversation ran the gamut, from the pros and cons of Common Core -- she feels “it was never explained properly,” to job prospects in teaching -- she sees “a major teacher shortage...but it will be in very specific areas” such as English as second language, certain special needs and pre-K, science, math and technology.

When President Friedman asked her about her most important objectives as chancellor, she was quick to respond by saying, “First and foremost was to bring dignity back into the profession of teaching to the administration. For too long, teachers had fingers pointed at them, that they were at fault with everything wrong with education. I feel that people have to be treated with dignity so they can do the best work possible.”

InsideTrack with President Stephen J. Friedman brings renowned thought leaders and policy makers to Pace University for captivating discussions on topics that affect our world.

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