Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, sits down for a dialogue with writer, Malcolm Gladwell, to explore important trends of progress in education reform and common approaches found in successful classrooms and schools that we can learn from and act on to replicate success.
The conversation critically examines the current debates about education reform and the extent to which they are missing the core of the solutions found in the classrooms, schools, and districts where children are getting a life-changing education.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of the Times best-sellers "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," "Outliers: The Story of Success," and "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures."
Wendy Kopp is founder and CEO of Teach For America, which is working to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. This year 48,000 individuals of all academic majors applied to Teach For America; more than 8,000 corps members in the midst of two-year teaching commitments taught in 39 urban and rural regions nationwide; and 20,000 alumni continued working toward educational excellence and equity from positions both inside and outside the education system.
Kopp is also CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, which is seeking to accelerate and increase the impact of this model in a growing number of countries around the world. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All.
The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp debate about whether or not Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to ever happen to the New Orlean's public school system.
"So you had a nucleus in place, poised to take advantage of an opportunity," says Gladwell. "The opportunity was Katrina, and that allowed an awful lot of change to happen in a very short period of time."
Application of philosophical methods to the theory and practice of education. Among the topics investigated in the philosophy of education are the nature of learning, especially in children; the purpose of education, particularly the question of whether the chief goal of educators should be imparting knowledge, developing intellectual independence, or instilling moral or political values; the nature of education-related concepts, including the concept of education itself; the sources and legitimacy of educational authority; and the conduct of educational research. Major figures in the history of the philosophy of education include Plato, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Dewey.
I support her attempts at inner-city education programing and generally support her philosophy. However, teachers can be helped to achieve their classroom goals (if caught before they become frustrated) and so can students (before they are so frustrated they will no longer try - and drop out). Sorry for the awkward sentence.
The movement that they are talking about sounds suspiciously like a business model- I have always been suspicious of this model. It leads to a that are open to corporate mind-set, the bottom line. Some portion of humanity seems to always get lost. Which, in my opinion, leads to the same situation (cultural attitudes) we have now, ultra success at one end and extreme "failure" at the other.
My philosophy is to find the appropriate place in society for all willing and desirous of a place. We must learn to be tolerant of each other and patient