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I Got Schooled offers a look at America?s educational achievement gap that could only have come from an outsider.
Famed director M. Night Shyamalan has long had a serious interest in education. The founda?tion he and his wife started once gave college scholarships to promising inner-city students, but Shyamalan realized that these scholarships did nothing to improve education for all the other students in under-performing schools. When he learned that some schools were ...
I Got Schooled offers a look at America’s educational achievement gap that could only have come from an outsider.
Famed director M. Night Shyamalan has long had a serious interest in education. The foundation he and his wife started once gave college scholarships to promising inner-city students, but Shyamalan realized that these scholarships did nothing to improve education for all the other students in under-performing schools. When he learned that some schools were succeeding with similar student populations, he traveled across the country to find out how they did this and whether these schools had something in common. He eventually learned that there are five keys to closing America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools.
These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. Before he discovered them, Shyamalan investigated some popular reform ideas that proved to be dead ends, such as smaller class size, truculent unions, and merit pay for teachers. He found that the biggest obstacle to school reform is cognitive biases: too many would-be reformers have committed themselves to false solutions.
This is a deeply personal book by an unbiased observer determined to find out what works and why so that we as a nation can fulfill our obligation to give every student an opportunity for a good education.
Posted February 9, 2014
I'm reserving the book's pedagogical merits to professionals in the education field.
I first heard about the book on CNBC. Mr. Shymalan was being interviewed on Squawk Box. Both he and the anchors seemed a little to sure of the answers filtering it from a perch of privilege.
Reserved and ready to discount the book I read it in about 10 days. My first and only problem was the complicated data analysis. I am poor in statistics.
However, it's the statistics along with his interviews that makes the book work.
Having a feel for what will close the achievement gap is great until it's application doesn't work.I think that's what the book gets at. Trying things that work for a few is great for the few.
But, having evidenced-based strategies that feel intuitive too and might possibly work in all schools is better.
Mr Shyamalan has a bold conviction and is not afraid to be criticized. Yes, he is only a movie maker and not a educator but give it a read anyway.
Maybe he'll inspire you to think differently. I did.
Posted January 3, 2014
Bad book and since when does he think that he could solve he can solve problems in the American education system.
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Posted February 14, 2014
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