**This is a story based on the United States school system, specifically in Los Angeles. But I don’t think Canada is far off.**
I was driving back from an amazing day on Cote First Nation teaching students as young as grade 4 to build websites. It was incredible, the students were engaged, we were laughing a lot, they understood what I was talking about and they built some pretty cool pages…..now with a lot of Fortnight references but hey, you can’t win em all right?!
On the way home I’m listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, specifically the episode titled “Carlos Doesn’t Remember”. It starts off as the first in a three part series on education in the US. What I didn’t know is that I’d be in tears by the end of the podcast. Lonely, driving by myself for three hours pondering how we went so wrong with education.
After you listen to all three in the series you’ll have a different opinion of education. For the better I hope. Just because it is dire in some areas doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. People like Eric Eisner are what give me hope. Without everyday heroes like him I’m not sure if I’d have such a positive outlook on the future of education. But there’s always hope.
We should all be a little more like Eric Eisner.