Last night I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Steven Brill as part of REEPâ€™s Lecture Series. I was captivated by the ease with which Brill crafted and shared stories from his book on ed reform cleverly titled, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix Americaâ€™s Schools. He candidly explained his experiences within Americaâ€™s public school reform. I spend a good part of my week as it is surrounded byÂ educatorsÂ who have experience on the front lines of school reform.Â Steven Brill, as a journalist, provided a unique take on education reform through theÂ eyes of someone on the outside looking in.
Every story he told depicted a scene from his book. Several of his stories and observations struck me as solid truths about ed reform in America. Brill advocated for an attitude of success among teachers. Essentially, he supported a stance that believes all students can learn and achieve if they have effective teachers, regardless of studentâ€™s socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. Additionally, Brill explained that he felt leaders in education need to develop a sense of urgency, because, â€śâ€¦we are in an emergencyâ€¦we are failing studentsâ€¦â€ť
These are just two of the many ideas I heard last night from Brill which continue to occupy my thoughts. For those of you who were at the lecture last night as well, what did you take away from Brillâ€™s speech? And for those who were unable to attend, how do you feel about what Brill advocated above? I am excited to read your opinion!