Category Archives: Education in the U.S.

These posts are the product of an independent study undertaken in the Spring of 2011. Working with education professor Maria Kelly, I chronicled countless adjustments to my view of the US education system throughout the semester. From the tumultuous journey of Diane Ravitch, to the pros and cons of Teach for American and the charter school movement, this course was simultaneously disheartening and inspiring. In my final project, I outlined my own “utopian” education system–acknowledging that this ideal may never be achieved, but that it is a good start to laying groundwork in my lifetime for a better future education system.

An Education of Villages and Artwork

We pull off of a rural gravel road  into the parking lot of Prairie Creek Community School, sensing the joy as soon as we open our car doors and swing our sandaled feet into the dust. Beneath suspended solar panels, … Continue reading

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Rethinking the “Average”

shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html My Mom sent me this video yesterday. Full of quick witted jokes and profound musings about the question of the “average,” Shawn Achor’s TED talk tells us that we can change our formula for happiness and success–taking control of … Continue reading

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Learning to be “Normal”: Playing the Education Game

This video is one I find my mind constantly wandering back to. Its content makes connections that cross disciplines and curiosities and conversation. It calls for a systems-thinking sort of change. For me, it’s a summary of the way I’ve … Continue reading

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School of Khan

I can still remember the taste of chocolate on my tongue as I fought back the tears brought on by trigonometric functions and page after page of scratched out formulas on yellow sheets of paper ripped from the pad. Joel … Continue reading

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IV. Expected Outcomes and Conclusion

Remembering a poignant conversation with his son during a backpacking trip in Indiana, author of the eloquent book Hunting for Hope and passionate environmentalist Scott Russell Sanders recounted: “[He said] he’d lost his way in high school… lost any clear sense … Continue reading

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III. Testing: Authentic Assessment

On this Tuesday morning, 21 members of the second grade class at Greenvale Park Elementary sat with straight backs and quivering fingers behind rows of computer screens. For one full hour, they filled in bubbles as they scoured paragraphs and … Continue reading

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II. Teacher Retention and Recruitment

This is part two of a series for “Education in the U.S.” For context, read Introduction: An Imagined Morning and part one: Filling the Opportunity Gap From teacher Unions to Teach for America and tenure, questions of what it means … Continue reading

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