These two questions plague my thoughts every day. When I am working with students in a classroom it is easy to see and hear how they learn and get excited about new subjects. Just today I ran an activity based off Dan Meyer's Number Magic lesson plan and kids were ecstatic to make their own series of instructions to modify a number. It is a wonderful feeling and I should probably acknowledge it more often.
But what about the rest of the 151,000 in the School District of Philadelphia? And the tens of thousands of others in private and charter schools?
I want to be a part of a movement of change. One that will actually affect things for the long term. Former Philadelphia Schools' Superintendent Arlene Ackerman wrote yesterday that she thinks serious change can only come from the outside, and she points to voucher programs and charter schools as the solution. While I completely disagree with her solution, I think her premise does have some merit: inertia is a difficult thing to get past.