Sean O’Connor, Washington College’s professor emeritus of education, is the first to admit that his role over the last thirty years in the field of learning has been in the lofty perch of the academic world, or the “Academy” has he affectionately refers to it. For the former Irishman, his career has been one of scholarship, philosophy, and policy rather than being on the “front lines” of public education.
And yet, during Sean’s three decades in the Unite States, hundreds of his students have graduated and gone on to play important roles in the country’s public school system. And this is particularly so in Kent County, where 43 graduates are teachers or administrators. He has also sent his own children to local public schools.
In a interview with the Chestertown Spy, the professor offers a unique perspective of Kent County Public Schools and their future in society. While he retains his belief and confidence in America’s public education system, he is also eager to note the profound challenges that a small county like Kent must face in the decades ahead.
The interview is approximately seven minutes long.