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Gary Houchens

Tonia, thanks for this great story. An excellent example of what is possible and how the culture of a school can shift to embrace real personalized learning!


It is tough for me to accept that the only solution is a form of what appears to be almost complete privatization of education. There are major political actors and private parties that would jump in head first to reap generous profits on what is left of a public education regardless of any research.

It is especially tough for me to hear very brief stories about students in India or Mexico succeeding and believing this would be the norm for a majority of our students. Elmore talks about teachers becoming disposable, but it was the teacher in Matamoros, Mexico who created the space for the learning experience. Those same students with different teachers did not do well at all. With all of its flaws, the public education system still gives students some type of opportunity to find a way out. Yes it needs to change but I don't know that this is the right direction. I agree with a post by David Quinn on this thread.

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