Kolderie speaks on where states should go next

Mailing Date: 
February 20, 2013

Education Evolving’s Ted Kolderie spoke February 6th to the heads of state charter associations and support-organizations at a gathering in Nashville, convened by Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Listen to a quick 5-minute summary, in the latest post on E|E’s new blog, Education How.

Ted says, we’re here:

  • Education policy is stuck trying to do "traditional school" better.
  • But to get substantial change we need to get outside the 'givens' of traditional school.
  • Chartering was originally intended to be in part an R&D sector for K-12.
  • But chartering today has turned to doing traditional school better.
  • Innovation is hampered, too, by the tendency of education-policy to look for the “one best way”.

Ted says that now:

  • States should encourage innovation challenging all the givens of traditional school.
  • This means trying alternatives to things like age-grading and whole-class instruction.
  • It means broadening the concept of achievement to include non-cognitive as well as academic skills.
  • It is time to be practical; time to arrange for K-12 to change the way successful systems change.

Again, here’s the link to the 5-minute excerpt of Ted’s talk.

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