Why is it that education graduate students characterize certain school models as “good” and yet would not choose to work in them or send their own children to them? What’s going on?
One of my all-time favorite teachers is Larry Cuban, my grad school advisor. A former high school social studies teacher, district superintendent, and professor at Stanford, Larry is the consummate educator-full of questions and creating the conditions for deep reflection.
Larry is a prolific blogger (as well as author and researcher). Over the weekend, he posted a blog called Good Schools Seminar: Gleanings from a Class.
Larry describes a seminar he has taught for at least a decade. Over the course of many weeks, graduate students unpack what they mean by “good” schools, reflecting on their own conceptions, analyzing school reform models, and dialoging with each other. Larry offers an array of school reform models for students to analyze, including The Child Development Project, precursor to Caring School Community.
What I found fascinating is the following:
Why do you think the Child Development Project was the only one of these models grad school students choose time and time again as a place they would want to work and send their own children? What stands out for you? And what do you think is most essential to be true in a school in which YOU would want to teach or send your own child?