My high school is being highlighted in a mini film series called America To Me directed by Steve James. I am excited to see it. In a preview of it, Steve called the high school I work in “progressive.” Yeah… well, it’s not. I also recently had a colleague of mine who has a daughter that is going to be a freshman in high school. He took her to an open house for incoming students. The high school touted all it’s academia successes through AP and ACT scores, high GPAs and college acceptance rates. At the very end of the night, the school officials told my colleague and the rest of the visitors that the high school is “comprehensive and progressive.” They are lying.
Let me set the record straight on what a truly progressive school DOESN’T do.
Look, I’m not saying that traditional education is all bad and everyone should go to progressive schools. That is an individual choice families need to make for themselves. I am saying that traditional education is only one way of doing things and more truly progressive types of education should be offered within public systems. Many traditional schools out there claim they are progressive or inclusive when in fact they are not even close to anything but traditional. Hold your community schools accountable by calling them on talking progressive while actually acting traditional. Talk to or run for school boards to make change. Vote in progressive educational leaders and politicians. And SHARE THIS BLOG so others actually understand what progressive schools really are!