Opinion: Why the perception of public schools is wrong
| Oct 19, 2010
In an article from The Washington Post online, Nancy Flanagan, an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership, discusses why she believes public schools in the United States are performing better than what is being portrayed. She acknowledges that there is much room for improvement in public schools and that they are radically uneven in quality, but there are many good things happening in schools across the country as well.
Some good things happening in schools include strengthening science knowledge and pedagogy in early-grades teachers, students growing their own lunches in Iowa, setting up online book clubs for sixth graders, and individual teachers reflecting on how to inspire their students. These examples are small-scale, but are just a few of many examples suggesting that public schools are not in as much trouble as people think. Read the rest of Flanagan’s thoughts here.