Pedro Noguera challenging the Obama Admin

Watch this video of Professor of Teaching and Learning, New York University Pedro Noguera giving a bird’s eye of the ed reform movement. Towards the end of the clip, his critique of the Obama Administration’s interest in Charter Schools doesn’t seem too convincing. Think about how much Apple has improved the technology sector after only inhabiting 5% of the personal computer market share through the mid 90s…not to dork out so bad, but innovation that can impact an enture sector may happen more effectively within smaller models. A couple of questions come to mind: Would Michelle Rhee disagree with Pedro in his dismissal of the Charter School Movement? How does smaller scale innovation (like what happens in high achieving small Charter Schools) impact larger systems, especially deeply flawed ones like our public education system? Further, how does innovation happen most effectively in the world of human development vs. technological product?


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