Then we go to the high school and meet with the 15 or so high school teachers. This is advertised by the principal and superintendent as the tough crowd. But even, or especially, here they are working hard on these issues.
And yes, there is push-back on our prediction and recommendation that teachers not grade based on behavior. But the math teacher is questioning the value of homework, and has statistics on grades with and without homework. So he’s thinking about diminishing the role of homework. And others are thinking hard about not grading based on behavior. One teacher has a very smart boy who gets very high ACT scores, but is not “motivated.” She wants him to succeed, she understands why it is in society’s interest to have him go to college. She has worked hard to help him, she will keep working hard to help him.
All of them really want their students to succeed, and to help them succeed. It is obvious. It is heartening. It is positive.
Change this month, this semester? Maybe not. But it’s just around the corner. It is very exciting to see K-12 teachers so close to taking the next step, and so open minded about what is in the best interest of their students.