On March 25th The FEED hosted Re-Education: Building a Cross-Sector Educational Revolution, an open forum on the state of education and ideas on how it can be made better. Thank you to everyone who attended. Our participants included someone who runs after school programs, a farm to school advocate currently running for a school board seat, a doctor and professor of medicine, a representative from the Mayor’s office, a school principal and the director of student mentoring programs. This was a great group to tackle ideas on our education system.
Some of our key discussion points were:
- The nature and needs of education have changed much since our system was created. Students need to be instilled with the want and the drive to explore their world in order to be successful in it.
- The traditions of education as a community endeavor have fallen away. We need to rally communities to see their K-12 schools as anchors for both a vibrant community and economy.
- Our system has some deep-rooted issues and to fix them we might need a big leap of faith. There is no guarantee of success in a new system, and that is a scary thought.