Generation Schools Gap
I received this e-mail from a co-worker of mine. Check it out:
On the They Might Be Giants e-newsletter, they talked about playing a few shows to benefit an organization called Generation Schools . Never heard of it? Me neither, so here's a description the band included in their newsletter:
"Generation Schools is a nonprofit organization piloting a new urban public school model where skilled teachers teach a handful of students, not a roomful -- without increasing costs. The schools will offer unparalleled opportunities for students and comprehensive residencies for new urban teachers. The "break-the-mold" concept was honored in a prestigious global competition as one of the world's best emerging social innovations. Generation Schools is opening its first school in the fall of 2007. Their remarkable new school model actually reinvents -- not just reforms -- the possibilities of America's public schools. We all know it takes much more than test scores for a child to prepare for life. Kids shouldn't have to choose between academics and art. With the Generation Schools model they won't have to. Informed by research from many fields and expertise from varied constituents, it is strategically designed to be academically rigorous, physically and creatively demanding, and socially and emotionally supportive for every child enrolled. For more about Generation Schools go to http://www.generationschools.org/"A different co-worker then pointed out that while the current model isn't hugely successful it would be hard to visualize how this new approach works in the classroom. And wouldn't it require some extensive changes in budget and teacher contracts? The website says otherwise but can you rely on that?
Good points. Is anyone personally familiar with Generation Schools?