Failing Schools – Enough is Enough! As we look ahead to the new school year and think about what’s possible for our children, we should think CHANGE. In his TED Talk, Geoffrey Canada, so eloquently points out that our schools are still failing and that enough is enough! He reiterates that nothing new is happening in education, despite the fact that we have the knowledge to do better, and despite the brilliant strides we make in technology. We continue to test students at the end of the year, that data does not drive instruction, we continue to run schools in the same fashion we did 50-something years ago. Why? Great question, this dynamic speaker dives in – expresses his anger and offers solutions. Let’s change the system; it is not working, especially for the children being raised in poverty. Research has shown over and over that physical, social & emotional factors, as well as reduced cognitive and academic outcomes are directly affected by poverty. School readiness, or the child’s ability to benefit fully from school, has been recognized as a significant factor in perpetuating poverty in the United States.
Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now — and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work.
Geoffrey Canada, the President of the Harlem Children’s Zone for more than 30 years, is renowned for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem. as a well as being a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform. HCZ has achieved unparalleled progress in helping thousands of children and their families and disrupting the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem.
For more about the testing scenario read: A Letter From the WHITE HOUSE
Also, check out The Poverty and Inequality Report from Pathways a magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy.