Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Reflecting on real problems, real research, and real solutions

My friend Meg Campbell, the founder and executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester Massachusetts, has written a thoughtful piece for the Huffington Post on teachers reflecting and working together on practical problems--in this case, the issue of grade inflation. What's particularly refreshing about this piece is how it shows educators opening their minds to new research findings and considering that research carefully.  Too often, schools don't allow teachers, let alone research, a role in decision making, deferring instead to bureaucrats or to out-of-touch education professors.

(Meg, by the way, also teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and so she belongs to that rarer bread of in-touch education professor).

Meg's careful consideration of practical problems reminds me very much of Joanne Jacobs' account of a charter school in San Jose California (Our School).

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