Episode 32: The Strength To Let Kids Struggle (feat. Dr. Sonja Santelises)

In this episode, we talk to Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises about the phenomenon she calls "educational redlining". Sonja explains how differences in student outcomes are often caused by inequity in teaching technique– that especially in classrooms of black students, teachers spend too much time modeling problems and not enough time allowing students to struggle for solutions. We discuss the obstacles to achievement that students currently face, how teachers are not allowing students to think for themselves, and how educational redlining affects students' college readiness. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/32_-_Education_Post_-_Baltimore.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="“Literacy is a foundational skill. If we can’t get that right as a school system, everything else we’re trying to do is going to be half of an effort– it’s not going to be nearly as impactful.” – Dr. Sonja Santelises"]

Episode Details:

  • The current obstacles to student achievement
  • How Baltimore Schools have been helping more students succeed
  • How Baltimore Schools set their priorities for improvement
  • How teachers are not letting their students think for themselves
  • How educational redlining affects students' college readiness

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