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Glenn presents 2004 spring convocation address

The spring academic term at Dordt College formally began with a convocation ceremony on Thursday, January 15, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dr. Charles L. Glenn spoke on "Theology and Public Policy."

Glenn is professor of educational policy and Fellow of the University Professors Program at Boston University, where he teaches courses in history and comparative policy. From 1970 to 1991 he was director of urban education and equity efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, administering state funds for magnet schools and desegregation, heading up the nation's first state bilingual education mandate, and gaining passage of a state law forbidding discrimination in education.

Glenn is author of a number of books, including The Myth of the Common School, Choice of Schools in Six Nations, Educational Freedom in Eastern Europe, Educating Immigrant Children: Schools and Language Minorities in Twelve Nations, and The Ambiguous Embrace: Government and Faith-based Schools and Social Agencies, as well as articles in the International Encyclopedia of Education, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Education, and several hundred other articles, book chapters, and monographs. In 2002 he published, with Professor Jan De Groof of Bruges, Finding the Right Balance: Freedom, Autonomy and Accountability in Education, a study of how twenty-six countries balance educational freedom with common standards and accountability, pupil and teacher rights with the integrity of the school's mission. Dr. Glenn is currently writing Schools between State and Civil Society: Educational Policy since Antiquity.

Dr. Glenn is active in educational policy debates in the United States and Europe, is vice president of OIDEL (the Geneva-based international organization promoting educational freedom), a member of the board of the Council for American Private Education and of the European Association for Education Law and Policy. He has served as a consultant to Russian and Chinese education authorities, to states and major cities across the United States, and as an expert witness in federal court cases on school finance, desegregation, and bilingual education. Glenn's BA and Ed.D. degrees are from Harvard, and his Ph.D. is from Boston University.

Convocation at Dordt College highlights the academic nature of the Dordt College community, particularly for students who graduate or transfer in during the semester break.