Tanesha Dixon vividly remembers the first summer she spent as a teacher – as part of a service program in Uganda, just before her senior year at Notre Dame.
If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem – knowing that, if you failed, you would be asked to leave that country altogether – what would you do?
I ask because this was precisely the challenge Save the Children was faced with, in Vietnam, in the early 1990s. And the way they succeeded has great relevance for those of us who continue to struggle with other intractable problems (like, say, comprehensive school reform).
(and what gender roles look like when they’re reinforced — and subverted)
(albeit in a different narrative package . . .)
Well, three of them at least — from the Washington Post‘s Moira McLaughlin, the Century Foundation’s Rick Kahlenberg (via Washington Monthly), and Eduflack’s orange-jacket wearing Patrick Riccards. And they’re good!
On a related note, C-SPAN posted a video of my public reading from Our School at the Francis Parker school in Chicago. Check it out — and let me know what you think.
It’s also a helluva tribute to grandfathers.
Get ready, people . . . our brains are about to change in a major way.
As in, I was on it this morning to talk about Our School. See for yourself — but note that the conversation doesn’t begin until about the 4:00 mark of the first video.
And don’t miss the ways in which my name gets inadvertently BUTCHERED.
This week, the last five traditional neighborhood schools in New Orleans’ Recovery School district were closed – making it the country’s first district made up entirely of charter schools.
That’s a good thing, right?
First he was a private school teacher in New York City. Then, briefly, a public school teacher. After that, Sam Chaltain spent years studying schools across the country trying to determine what qualities were common to the very best.