CANCELED: Brown Bag Lecture Series: Luke Greeley

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm



Toward a Reconceptualization and Revival of Consumer Education

In this study I defend the thesis that public schools should reconceive, expand, and emphasize consumer education. The first portion of the study defines what is meant by the concept “consumer education” in the context of the American educational system. I use a historical analysis to trace the manifestations of these concepts in practice over time, for example, changing curricular emphasis and intended student audiences. The main body of the study examines normative arguments for why consumer education is important or relevant for 21st century students. These normative arguments are analyzed philosophically through three conceptual frameworks: civic, economic, and environmental. In light of pressing existential threats such as climate change, I conclude by positing suggestions for a philosophically pragmatic consumer education curriculum that would be beneficial to individuals, society, and the planet.

Luke is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theory, Organization, and Policy concentration at the Rutgers GSE whose research interests include the philosophy of education, higher education, applied ethics, and the intersections of educational systems with the economy. He serves as an Assistant Dean at the Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick, where he directs the academic scheduling and curricular planning for 20 academic programs serving over 10,000 students. He holds an MA in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Sociology and Religion from Bucknell University.

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