Part of a good life is a sense of accomplishment when you are older. Having the feeling and knowing that you've really gone somewhere - you've really contributed to society. That you've left your lasting mark on the world and you've just really done something special.Read More
I was doing a lot of writing and poetry and Mrs. McGovern just encouraged me. She was like "you're a really good writer" and she just kept encouraging me to write. Nobody had ever said that to me before - and nobody said that to me after that either - when I was in school. I felt like for the first time a teacher saw me for who I was rather than just a kid in a in a chair.Read More
A good life would probably be to be settled and happy with where I am, and happy with what I'm doing.Read More
I hope when my daughter is grown up that she has a job she really enjoys that she feels confident in. I hope that she has meaningful relationships in her life. I hope that she has lots of time beyond work to live a fulfilled life and pursue some of her other passions besides what she's going to do for work. I hope she feels that life is happy and that she's healthy and positive.Read More
A good life is being successful - holding a job, having a house, and a dog; any kind of dog.
I think we have school for multiple reasons. I do think it's so our general public is educated - so make sure people learn stuff. But then I also think it's also because parents that need to work can't be caring for their children at all times, so it is a form of child care.Read More
The rules that have been created as a result of this system stifle innovation and we within education perpetuate it because we have a hard time seeing an alternate reality...
We have to give the people who are in education the opportunity to innovate to solve those problems, and to use data to ensure that they're solving them well.Read More
What I want is for kids to be ready to adapt and embrace whatever happens. To be able to respond to it thoughtfully - with kindness and compassion for themselves and others. And to be collaboratively figuring out: "How are we going to work together to make this planet, this world, this nation a better place...?"Read More
If you are a child who was born into poverty in this country, the likelihood that you will be able to escape poverty is not high. And that goes against every ideal that we have as a country, and it makes me mad - it is the fire in my belly that just pisses me off every day, that we have children who have so much potential and so much to offer the world, and they are not able to live up to that potential because they're not able to attend high-quality schools.
"Schools have a big role in preparing students to embrace change and differences, to have an open mind, and also build a love of learning without feeling insecure - low self-esteem for learning what they want to learn, for experiencing or exploring what they want to explore."Read More
"Going back to the idea of tailoring education: different people have different motivations. There’s no one-size-fits-all education method that maximize every person’s potential. Thats why its important for administrators to design school towards this goal and it's important for teachers to recognize such differences and tailor their curriculum."Read More
"For upcoming freshmen, or students in general, not to worry too much about your grades. Try your best to get the best grade you can and do all your homework, but at the end of the day if you get like a B, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t get stressed out too much because you only go to high school for 4 years. You don’t have a lot of time."Read More
"I think what’s really important to get out of school is a love for learning. I honestly don’t think that school teaches you that and I think that it just teaches you a system where everyone participates to get a good grade, to get into a good college, and get to where ever they want to go in life without actually caring about the work they are doing."Read More
"Each student has a different story, and it can affect their learning, so I think it’s really important to understand their point of view."Read More
"A good life would be having people that support me and being able to financially support myself, and being happy - even though that’s not exactly always something that you can be because of whatever problems that are going on in life."Read More
I think school in its ideal form provides a variety of opportunities, and provides a belief in the innate capacity of every child. Schools that have a variety of opportunities for individuals to flourish and then see every child as having potential and capacity really can make a huge difference for a child. I don't think that's how most schools work... We say that school is empowering, but largely we act in very controlling ways. So we use the language of empowerment, but we use actions of control.Read More
School should help her know herself. It should help her know her power. It should help her find her sense of responsibility and community. It should offer her access to inspirational guides. It should offer her skills to be able to fully embrace and utilize the information that exists in the world, and it should offer her access to great thinkers and great teachers, and the intersection of ideas.Read More
"When I started Galileo I thought what I was doing was providing access to academic areas like science, and engineering, and visual arts. But it turned out that what we were really doing was creating an environment. An environment that collectively, between curriculum design, classroom ritual, and overall community design, creates a special space that allows people's best selves to emerge. And ideally that's what schools could do too. It's harder, I know, but that's what I would love to see happen in schools."Read More
"Our vision of education is enabling students to find their passion and purpose while they’re in school... To dream and to build. Those two things are what I want school to give students the opportunity to do... Ultimately, if a school can get someone ready to live an extraordinary, not an ordinary life, it has been successful."Read More
"I think schools should exist to enable and empower people to grow into the best version of themselves and into good citizens... I hope we give people a sense of why participating in our democracy is important and build some motivation to participate. And I hope we also learn to be supportive human beings to one another."Read More