Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 10AM - 4PM
Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion 10th fl
Frontier 2018 is a cross-sector education conference that will bring together diverse stakeholders in k-12 education to discuss and design schools beyond the limits of standardization. The conference will feature speakers and attendees across education, technology, policy, health and the arts that will explore how cross-sector collaboration can lead to creative and autonomous schools that produce successful outcomes.
Over the last decade, standardization has taken over our schools. Not only do standardized tests incentivize teachers to teach to the test, but teachers read off scripted lesson plans, uniform methods of instruction are strictly enforced across all classrooms, and networks of charter schools have adopted a franchise model to copy-and-paste identical schools in unique and diverse communities. The idea is to make education optimally efficient and scalable, like a business. But the standardization of education trades cost-saving and limited liability for what should be the goal of education: fostering students’ problem solving skills and ability to adapt and thrive in a changing world.
We need to address standardization by leveraging the unique talents of students and teachers and responding directly to community needs. Otherwise, we will fail to prepare young people to navigate and thrive in today’s complex world.
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