Sunday, December 7, 2014

Larry Rosenstock: Moving Public Education Forward

Amidst the national obsession with raising test scores, Larry Rosenstock offers a simple suggestion: “Have kids doing work that’s important to them instead of this antiquated notion of content.”

Rosenstock is one of the co-founders of High Tech High, a group of charter schools that’s lauded as a model example of how formal education can embrace inquiry-based, truly student-driven, project-based learning. For Rosenstock, the way to a student’s motivation is through his heart, and through high expectations.

To educators, he says: “Catch yourself every time you’re systematically mis-predicting who can and who can’t do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It’s not democratic and it’s not moving us forward.”

Read more about High Tech High’s initiative in the Deeper Learning movement.

I would totally agree with Larry Rosenstock, I was one of these students and was told by a counselor at my school that I was not college material. Lucky I did not listen, I did take an alternative route but end up finishing a master degree program and not have dedicate much of my life helping all student to find there passion in learning and to become what they want to become and to find there dream.

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