5 Transformative Ideas to Address Education’s Biggest Challenges – Education Week

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Education

America’s educators, you are certainly living in interesting times. In some ways, this fall feels more hopeful than the last two, as the pandemic seems to be posing less of a threat. For the most part, your students arrived for the start of the school year in person with smiles on their faces, butterflies in their stomachs, and expectations of a fresh start. And, no doubt, you’re right there with them.But you’re also facing challenges, and we’d all be fooling ourselves not to acknowledge them.Beyond the day-to-day stressors that COVID has posed to you and your school community, deep existential questions have emerged. Questions that get to the core of our values, how we see ourselves, our role in our communities and the country in which we live.Just released scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress paint a dismal academic picture with historic declines. Gunfire is now the leading cause of death among children. Staff and students are grieving the loss of family and friends. And we are fighting over what can be read—or even discussed—in the classroom. It’s not easy.Every year, with our Big Ideas report, we at Education Week seek to provide new ways to look at some of education’s biggest challenges. Big Ideas 2022 starts by looking at equity (though it’s inscribed into federal law, we can’t agree on what it is); we dig into DEI work (it’s a critical step, but not the only one schools need to take); we address student mental health (it’s not just a convenient talking point for politicians); we listen to teachers (they want change). And, finally, we take on binary th …

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