Lamar University to host Forbes education writer, author Natalie Wexler

In recognition of American Education Week, a celebration of public education and individuals making a difference in students' lives, the LU College of Education and Human Development is set to host an American Education Week Celebration Luncheon on Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Setzer Student Center ballroom. The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon is Forbes education writer and author Natalie Wexler. natalie-wexler

“We are very fortunate to have Natalie Wexler come to Lamar University to speak about her work.  Ms. Wexler presents a compelling argument regarding the lack of actual content as a major contributor as to why students continue to struggle in the classroom," said Robert Spina, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "Having this discussion this week is completely in line with the origin of American Education Week, 100 years ago, which is to celebrate and recognize the importance of public education and look for ways to improve the quality of education.”

Wexler is the author of “The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System –– And How to Fix It,” co-author of “The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades,” and senior contributor to the education channel on Her newsletter “Minding the Gap” focuses on education, cognitive science and fairness.

Wexler’s articles and essays on education and other topics have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, the MIT Technology Review, The American Scholar and other publications. She also has appeared on several TV and radio shows including MSNBC’s Morning Joe and NPR’s On Point and 1A.

For more information on Natalie Wexler or to learn more about American Education Week, visit