The San Francisco School is honored to welcome Michael and Kitty Dukakis. Michael is the former three-term Governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for the Presidency in 1988. Michael and Kitty are also grandparents of two SFS students. This talk features Mr. and Mrs. Dukakis in conversation with SFS parent, Blaise Zerega, focusing on the topic of Growing Leaders in a Democratic Society.
Michael Dukakis served as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts from 1975-1979 and from 1983-1991, and was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. He was born to Greek immigrants in Brookline, Massachusetts, also the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, and was the longest serving governor in Massachusetts history.
Katharine Dickson Dukakis, known as Kitty Dukakis, is the wife of former Massachusetts governor and U.S. presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
Steve Morris is Head of School at The San Francisco School.
"We're so test-happy these days," complains former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, bemoaning the current emphasis placed on standardized tests in public schools. Dukakis advocates instead for hands-on learning experiences such as internships, particularly in public service, to promote civic literacy.
Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis recalls several life experiences that influenced him to enter the world of public service, from keeping score of the 1940 presidential election at the age of seven to seeing fellow Brookline, Massachusetts native John F. Kennedy's election to the U.S. Senate in 1952.
Form of government in which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodic free elections. In a direct democracy, the public participates in government directly (as in some ancient Greek city-states, some New England town meetings, and some cantons in modern Switzerland). Most democracies today are representative. The concept of representative democracy arose largely from ideas and institutions that developed during the European Middle Ages and the Enlightenment and in the American and French Revolutions. Democracy has come to imply universal suffrage, competition for office, freedom of speech and the press, and the rule of law. See alsorepublic.