A professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School who has clerked for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, also Judge Merrick Garland, and taught high school along the way, Justin Driver visits with his timely book, The Schoolhouse Gates: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon).
“Justin Driver’s extraordinary book, The Schoolhouse Gate, deeply probes the many ways in which our constitutional law, as interpreted by America’s judges, shapes the crucial world of public education—but fails the students for whom that education exists. No one who cares about our nation’s children and thus our country’s future can afford not to read this riveting work.”—Laurence Tribe.
“It’s pretty unusual to be moved to tears by a closely argued book on constitutional law. But Driver’s The Schoolhouse Gate is a most unusual book. Written with elegance and passion, Driver’s account of the role of the U. S. Supreme Court in defining the rights of students in our public schools is also an uncompromising work of meticulous scholarship, which will define our understanding of its topic for years to come. But there’s something more: there’s an indefinable quality of hope and love in this book, for our flawed yet aspiring processes of constitutional adjudication, as well as for the millions of children whose futures they shape.” —Martha C. Nussbaum.
Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.