FairTest's event to honor Nancy Carlsson-Paige & Lani Guinier was a great success.

On November 11, 2015, FairTest honored Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Lani Guinier with the Deborah W. Meier Heroes in Education award. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of The Tyranny of the Meritocracy. Nancy Carlsson-Paige is co-founder of Defending the Early Years and Professor Emerita at Lesley University.

FairTest board member Deborah Meier presented the award to Nancy. NAACP-Legal Defense and Education Fund President presented the award to Lani Guinier.

You can read the text of Nancy's acceptance speech here and watch a video of her talk http://deyproject.org/2015/11/11/deys-nancy-carlsson-paige-receives-hero-in-education-award-from-fairtest/.

For a description of Tyranny of the Meritocracy, go to http://www.beacon.org/The-Tyranny-of-the-Meritocracy-P1042.aspx.

For photographs of the event, go here.


If you could not attend, its not too late! Please make a donation in their honor – use the red Donate button above.




Nancy Carlsson-Paige is co-founder of Defending the Early Years and Professor Emerita at Lesley University.  As an education activist, writer and public speaker, Nancy advocates for play-based, experiential education for young children and against over-testing and harmful education policies.  She was a teacher educator for more than 30 years at Lesley, where she co-founded The Center for Peaceable Schools.  Her books, articles, and op eds stress the need for optimal growth for children while opposing the prevailing climate of harmful education policies, media saturation, and diminishing play.  At Defending the Early Years and alongside other early childhood leaders, Nancy calls for education policies and practices that promote social justice, equity, and the well-being of all children.  See Nancy's Full Curriculum Vitae here.


Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, at which she was the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship. Previously, she was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Guinier worked in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, then headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Her many scholarly and general-access articles and books include her most recent book, The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America. Her work has addressed issues of race, gender, and democratic decision-making and has exposed the damaging consequences of test use in college admissions. She has received many awards and 10 honorary doctorates.  See Lani's full biography here.


Honorary Chairs:

Susan Bailey, Fred Bay, Sherrilyn Ifill, Shirley M. Collado, Annette Gordon-Reed, Penda Hair, Patricia Jehlen,
Jonathan Kozol, Linda Lantieri, Diane Levin,  Margaret McKenna, Intisar Rabb,  Suzi Sluyter, Ron Sullivan

Host Committee:

Mahzarin Banaji, Deb Goldberg, Ruth Kaplan, Geralyn McLaughlin, Linda Nathan, Sophie Sa (chair), Chanda Smart


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