I appreciate this information, and look forward to further posts. Think about your own school. What do you see as similar? I nodded in agreement at each point. And so, when will we focus on gathering as learning communities to provide interest-driven, actively engaged classrooms in each of our schools? It seems that’s where time and funds need to be provided. What do you think?
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I recently had a pleasant back and forth with Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Institute on what ails the high school. He was reviewing the recent disconcerting NAEP results that once again show high school achievement is resistant to reform. On this he and I agree. But then he proposed some diagnoses, the latter of which I think is totally off base (an E D Hirsch diagnosis). I strongly agree with his conclusion: it’s high time we better understood the problem of the high school. (Hard to believe that after 30 years of reform that started with me working with Ted Sizer in the Coalition of Essential Schools, we still lack clear answers.) After going back and forth collegially, we agreed to do some walk-throughs together next school year.
Meanwhile, I can offer a fairly sobering…
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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker