It’s no secret that education in America is in a precarious place. If you haven’t seen one of the schlew of documentaries that hit the big screens this year, perhaps you have a friend that’s done Teach for America, or another friend who is a teacher, and comes home absolutely perplexed every day. It’s no secret. Things are not right.
What should we really be teaching students so that they can be successful? Why are kids in poverty so hard to teach? What can be done for kids in the midst of traumatic situations at home?
Is real change even possible?
This weekend, Patrick and I listened to an episode of This American Life while on the way to Sparta, Tennessee to go camping. The episode entitled “Back to School,” addressed so many of these questions — it actually brought me to tears.