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Dean Khurana discusses path to education at Harvard at length | News

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Harvard Dean Rakesh Khurana and Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Brigid T. Long discussed career paths in teaching at an event hosted by the university on Tuesday.

Before a small group of students gathered at Harvard’s Smith Campus Center, administrators emphasized the partnership between the university and the Graduate School of Education.

“When it comes to maximizing impact, there is no job more satisfying than teaching,” Long said at the event.

The event comes as HGSE advances its new Master’s Program in Education and Teacher Leadership, launched this fall.

Long spoke of several paths to education for undergraduates, such as the secondary education offered at colleges. Harvard University recently closed two of her programs that offer college students a path to education. The undergraduate teacher training program, which allows students to obtain a teaching qualification while still in college, was closed last year. The Harvard Her Teacher Fellow Program, an initiative to train undergraduates to become teachers during and immediately after college, has been incorporated into HGSE’s new master’s program.

“We want to build on what universities can already do, especially for candidates in teacher education,” Long said. “Part of the purpose tonight is to understand that with all the changes, there are so many opportunities out there and really to grow those opportunities now.”

At the event, Long praised HGSE’s relationship with the university and said he wanted to expand the education offered at Harvard.

“I think the sky is the limit because anyone who believes in the importance of education and wants to work with us wants to be as inclusive as possible in many ways,” she said. Told.

Long, who was appointed chairman of the National Board of Education and Science by President Barack Obama, discussed the impact of Covid-19 on education, saying the education system reflects broader social inequalities. .

“The inequalities I’m talking about have existed for decades, but then when the pandemic hit, it shows how stark the differences are,” she said.

Khurana asked the audience whether a student organization similar to the Harvard Institute of Political Science, housed at the Harvard Kennedy School, would help increase undergraduate interest in education.

“I think part of the promise of college is that you can find your own sub-community, which means you can find people with specific interests,” he said.

Midway through the event, Khurana, who acted as moderator, asked the audience to consider the interests of students pursuing careers in the field of education. Hannah B. Thurby ’23 says many students feel the pressure to get high-paying jobs after graduation.

“I think there’s pressure from a lot of college students to say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to make X times as much money right after I graduate,'” she said.

Thirlby suggested to the other students in the room for encouragement and advice, to seek out current teachers and peers interested in the field of education.

Recalling his own experience as an intern at Goldman Sachs, Long encouraged participants to be open to work in other areas.

“I was really bored,” she said. “Really? What do I have to stay up all night for? Doing spreadsheets? When we talk about real things, influence, help and inspire people.” , I stay up all night. It’s worth it.”

— Staff Writer Paton D. Roberts can be reached at Follow her on her Twitter. @paton_dr.