What is quality education and how do we know it when we see it? That’s the question that’s long plagued policymakers and administrators in this country. But, for parents and teachers, it’s not so difficult. Quality education is a school that respects the individual abilities of each kid and helps them to realize the right path for their specific needs.
Whether than means, as one parent suggests, a morning twerk session to get the blood pumping, or, as another intimates, an afternoon tree climb, it’s all about building something to serve the uniqueness of our learners. The point is… quality education has eluded top-down bureaucrats for so long because it isn’t any one thing; it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Quality education is a landscape of diverse educational pathways, a litany of different schools and learning opportunities, woven together to give students choice and ignite the spark in them that has likely long gone out.
So, it’s no surprise that as we gathered parents and teachers from around the country to help us define quality education, they gave us tons of amazing and unique answers. Nobody, however, seemed to think we have it now. So, let’s build a revolution in education, one that lets us define quality when we see it.