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What the world can teach us about education

Bangor Daily News Editorial, March 19, 2012

We’ve all heard the comparisons between U.S. public education and that of other industrialized countries. And we don’t rank well in those comparisons. Too often, policymakers respond with outrage at the poor state of education and immediately begin brainstorming their own solutions, citing notions of American exceptionalism as they implore adoption of their fixes.

Instead, why not examine what those other countries are doing to achieve that success?

Professor Robert Schwartz of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education did just that and spoke about it at last month’s Camden Conference. The approaches used by some of the top performing nations are antithetical to some of our dearly held values and beliefs, but if we are serious about improving educational outcomes, why not consider making changes?

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In Camden, some of America’s brightest minds ask if the US has what it takes to prosper in the future

Christopher Cousins for the Bangor Daily News, February 19, 2012

CAMDEN, Maine — The concept was simple: Bring people together to discuss some of the most complex challenges facing the United States and its place in the world.

That’s how the annual Camden Conference started 25 years ago at the hands of a dozen area residents, including Robert Tierney, a retired Central Intelligence Agency foreign service worker. Tierney died in 2008, but his son, Tim Tierney, said Saturday that his father was never the type to sidestep a challenging question — a trait the conference still embodies.

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Camden Conference to focus on U.S. role in world

Stephen Betts for the Bangor Daily News, February 14, 2012

CAMDEN, Maine — Bill Richardson — a former New Mexico governor, U.S. Secretary of Energy and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — will be the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Camden Conference that kicks off Friday night, Feb. 17.

This year’s conference is “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What it Takes?”

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Has the US become a radical republic?

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, special for the Bangor Daily News, February 19, 2012

We Americans came not from a revolution but an evolution. That is in large part why our so-called revolution endured while most throughout history do not. We came as much from Magna Carta as from our own doings, as much from the British common law and parliamentary development as from the Declaration of Independence and Continental Congress.

Unlike the true revolution on the other side of the Atlantic that led to Napoleon’s dictatorship and strife and conflict all across Europe, our revolution founded the greatest country the world has ever seen.

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25th Annual Camden Conference to Take Hard Look at U.S. in This 21st-Century World

The Free Press, February 9, 2012

The 25th annual Camden Conference will be held Friday through Sunday, February 17 to 19, at the Camden Opera House, with satellite locations in Ellsworth (The Grand), Rockland (Strand Theatre) and Belfast (Hutchinson Center). Throughout the conference, those attending will have the opportunity to address questions to the speakers both individually and as they take part in panels.

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‘Why America Matters’ opens Camden Conference 25th Anniversary’

By John Maguire for The Coastal Journal, December 8, 2011

University of New England professor Dr. Anouar Majid praised America’s strengths and commented on the underlying complications facing U.S. and Middle East relations in his lecture “Why America Matters” at the Rockport Opera House on November 30.

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Bill Richardson to Be Keynote Speaker at Camden Conference

The Free Press, October 13, 2011

Does America have what it takes to prosper in the 21st-century world? To compete effectively? Or to thrive and offer its citizens the kinds of satisfying lives they want? Those are a few of the questions the Camden Conference will be posing next February during its 25th anniversary conference, “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What It Takes?” The country’s political system, diplomatic and military establishments, educational system, media, and energy and environmental policies will all be scrutinized, with an eye to both where the country may be exceptionally strong and to where it may be falling behind.

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Bill Richardson to give keynote address at Camden Conference

Herald Gazette, October 5, 2011

The keynote speaker for the 2012 Camden Conference will be Bill Richardson, a 2008 presidential candidate, governor of New Mexico until last December, and before that U.S. energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton …

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Former presidential candidate Bill Richardson to address Camden Conference

Bangor Daily News, October 4, 2011

Bill Richardson, a former presidential candidate, governor of New Mexico and U.S. energy secretary, will take on the question, “Does America have what it takes?” at the 25th Camden Conference in February.

After years of looking out, this year the Camden Conference will look inward. Its theme is, “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What it Takes?” Speakers, including Richardson, will consider America’s politics, education, military, energy, media, environment and more to answer the question.

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