Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill
As you will see in chapter two of A Year at Mission Hill, at the beginning of the school year the teachers devote a great deal of time and effort on building the social and emotional foundation for the school year. Mission Hill is a K-8 public school in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston (note: since filming, the school has relocated to Jamaica Plain). The school’s student body – 170 enrolled – is a microcosm of Boston’s diversity.
Fostering creativity and community are cornerstones of the school’s philosophy. Students at Mission Hill are treated as citizens and participate in the decision-making process with regards to their education. They have a REAL voice, and teachers are given the autonomy and freedom to cultivate this type of learning.
After watching chapter two, we urge you to write a letter to Bill Gates. In the first weeks of school, how much time are you able to spend setting the social and emotional tone of your classroom? Do corporate education reform policies hinder your ability have these types of meaningful conversations with your students? If so, how?
We look forward to reading your letters!
Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates