Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

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Dear readers,

A Year at Mission Hill is an exciting 10-part video series that captures the stories of a single K-8 school community in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA (Note: since filming, the school has moved to Jamaica Plain). Each week we will post one short chapter from the internet series followed by a question for you to answer in a letter to Bill Gates.

We want Mr. Gates to know what a TRULY successful public school looks like, and how his funding of corporate education reform is threatening the powerful teaching and meaningful learning that is taking place at this dynamic Boston public school. Ultimately, we are calling into question corporate education reform’s claim that schools are “failing.”

Chapter 1: Why We’re Here

http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/index.php/chapter1

After watching chapter 1, what struck you most about the school environment at Mission Hill? How does it compare to the climate at your school? What impact has corporate education reform had on your school environment?

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About Highlighting Members' Needs

We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.
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5 Responses to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

  1. This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of support for individuals…a place where learning is both challenging and filled with wonder and excitement. The kind of school we DO NOT want is one in which every child is taught from a script…it takes all the joy out of learning. In order to create that environment, teachers must be given the professional respect they deserve to make decisions concerning their students each and every day. Preprogrammed, scripted learning will never provide all of the skills children need. Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics. The skills include critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. Without these, reading, writing, and math skills mean nothing.

  2. Amy Valens says:

    We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see more creative teaching, more experiential learning, more democratic models for how schools are run, more meaningful involvement of the community in and out of school in deciding what is important to learn and teach, and how that is accomplished. These goals can be reached without a ton of costly hardware, and the satisfaction of the community can be the major measure of success, along with surveys of graduates ability to find meaningful places in society. Bill and Melinda, too many of the so called reforms you are associated with are deforming education to fit the box you and others decided we all need to be in. Step back, give your funds without strings to create healthy environments for learning, and broad in depth education and support for teachers before and after they enter the profession.

  3. august2june says:

    We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see more creative teaching, more experiential learning, more democratic models for how schools are run, more meaningful involvement of the community in and out of school in deciding what is important to learn and teach, and how that is accomplished. These goals can be reached without a ton of costly hardware, and the satisfaction of the community can be the major measure of success, along with surveys of graduates ability to find meaningful places in society. Bill and Melinda, too many of the so called reforms you are associated with are deforming education to fit the box you and others decided we all need to be in. Step back, give your funds without strings to create healthy environments for learning, and broad in depth education and support for teachers before and after they enter the profession.

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