Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anthony Cody: My Suggestion for Fordham's Moonshot for Kids - Living in Dialogue

My Suggestion for Fordham's Moonshot for Kids - Living in Dialogue

My Suggestion for Fordham’s Moonshot for Kids

By Anthony Cody.
As reported on Diane Ravitch’s blog, the Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress are offering a prize for proposals for a “Moonshot for Kids.”  Here is what they want:
By August 1, 2019, submit a brief application through our online portal. We are seeking ideas that would help the U.S. achieve one of the following big goals (your choice):
  • Cut in half the number of fourth graders reading “below basic”
  • Double the number of eighth graders who can write an effective persuasive essay
  • Shrink by 30 percent the average time a student spends in English-language-learner status
  • Double the amount of high-quality feedback the average middle schooler receives on their academic work
  • Ensure that every student receives high-quality college and career advising by ninth grade
  • Double the number of students from low-income families and students of color who graduate from high school with remediation-free scores on the SAT, ACT, or similar exams
  • Double the number of young women who major in STEM fields
Readers should be aware that the Fordham Institute has been working for years to undermine and privatize public schools, and the Center for American Progress has been working, with a slightly more liberal bent, towards the same goal. Nonetheless, I appreciate a challenge to reimagine what might be done, so here is the proposal I submitted to their portal. Please share your ideas as well in the comments below.
I worked in the public schools of Oakland, CA, for 24 years, 18 of them as a middle school teacher of science and Math. I have witnessed firsthand the destructive effect of previous philanthropic efforts in education. There must be a radical change in approach.
The key to successful investment in this arena is leveraging a relatively small amount of money to create a ripple effect that delivers further deeper investment — and not just of funds, but of public trust and engagement.
A coalition of philanthropists would heed the convincing evidence from CONTINUE READING: 
My Suggestion for Fordham's Moonshot for Kids - Living in Dialogue