August 17, 2018

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It

Read the entire article by Anna Baldwin on Education Post.

I’ve always known the education system is a like a large, slow freighter. Teaching in a public school for two decades reveals to anyone that this ship is slow, hulking and hard to turn.

But it wasn’t until my own kids entered the system that I really felt the anguish. Why? Because most schools in this country are frustratingly, infuriatingly, hopelessly stuck in the past. And when you’re a teacher seeking to improve your students’ experience, that truth is only more depressing when you’re reflecting on your own children’s experience.

This summer I made the big mistake of reading some truly inspirational teacher books: “The Innovator’s Mindset,” by George Couros, “What School Could Be,” by Ted Dintersmith, and a not-yet-published text called, “Open Up, Education! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Schools,” by Adam Haigler and Ben Owens. I also read an article in Hechinger Report by Chris Berdick about an innovative district in North Dakota doing away with grade levels in favor of competency-based learning.

To read the complete op-ed by Anna Baldwin, visit Education Post.