What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America

By Ted Dintersmith

An inspiring account of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things, showing us how to transform education

What School Could Be offers an inspiring vision of what our teachers and students can accomplish if trusted with the challenge of developing the skills and ways of thinking needed to thrive in a world of dizzying technological change.

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all fifty states in a single school year. He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation--but America's teachers one-upped him. All across the country, he met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously as they gain purpose, agency, essential skillsets and mindsets, and real knowledge. Together, these new ways of teaching and learning offer a vision of what school could be--and a model for transforming schools throughout the United States and beyond. Better yet, teachers and parents don't have to wait for the revolution to come from above. They can readily implement small changes that can make a big difference.

America's clock is ticking. Our archaic model of education trains our kids for a world that no longer exists, and accelerating advances in technology are eliminating millions of jobs. But the trailblazing of many American educators gives us reasons for hope.

Capturing bold ideas from teachers and classrooms across America, What School Could Be provides a realistic and profoundly optimistic roadmap for creating cultures of innovation and real learning in all our schools.

"What School Could Be is an inspiring and deeply moving tour of the best in American education. Even better, our guide is the tireless and thoughtful Ted Dintersmith. As the journey progresses, it becomes a compelling meditation on learning, human potential, and the power of the human spirit. If you care about our future, read and share this book."--John Merrow, former PBS NewsHour education correspondent and author of Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education
Dintersmith here shows the creative highs and mind-numbing lows of schooling today, contending that 19th-century education pedagogies cannot accommodate 21st century needs. . . . [What School Could Be is] for creative thinkers who are willing to change education with a vision that pushes back against centuries of entrenched value systems.--Library Journal


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Publisher Princeton University Press
Publish date 04/10/2018
Pages 264
ISBN-13 9780691180618
ISBN-10 069118061X
Language English

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