Journalist Claudio Sanchez, a National Public Radio education reporter as well as a former middle school teacher, offered a presentation, The Three P’s of Education Reform: Politics, Policy, Pedagogy, at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2013 conference. If you are like me, you turn up the radio every time Sanchez begins a report or a commentary, and I was eager to hear what he had to say about the world of educational reform.
In his presentation he asked whether education in itself — even a really good opportunity – can compensate for the heavy burdens of poverty such as poverty, access to poor health care (or no access), and violence. He wondered how much a school can really do for a child, and by extension a family, mired in the cycle of poverty, though he looked at the audience and recognized that many schools are working hard to hasten change.
It’s a myth to believe that these problems can be solved by education without working on the broader context.
One of the really neat features of the NAIS conferences over the past several years has been the images made by artists who make graphic recordings of many of the presentations. Below is a detailed image of the ideas that Claudio Sanchez presented in his talk. Read a much longer report of his talk.