David BerlinerDavid Berliner, regents professor emeritus at Arizona State University and a member of the National Academy of Education, will speak at the Ball State University Alumni Center as the John R. Emens Distinguished Professorship Lecturer.

Berliner's presentation, "Educational Policy and Public Education: The Myths, the Hoaxes and the Realities Facing American Schools," will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 5. The event is free and open to the public.

Berliner, co-author or co-editor of four books, including his most recent 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools, explains what he says are widespread misunderstandings about the country’s educational system. These myths, he says, are “perpetuated... by political and economic interests that stand to gain from the destruction of the traditional system.” The book will be available for purchase at a book signing to follow Berliner's presentation.

Berliner says he and his co-author, Gene V. Glass, wrote the book because, “The education of America’s children is one of its most important priorities. That message has been lost... It is essential that the truth replace the fiction.”

“We are honored to welcome such a well-known scholar to our campus,” said John Jacobson, dean of Teachers College. “We’re all looking forward to a thought-provoking discussion.”

Berliner’s lecture is set for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.