A friend went to the ASCD conference so I used her login to look into the virtual conference. What I found was the keynote by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
ASCD 13 Keynote
From marching with MLK, Jr.
- all things are possible
- the way we think about ourselves, the language that we use, the way we interact with each other, the value we hold, become the most important thing
• Every generation was becoming better educated until recently. The 35-70 year old Americans are the second most educated generations in the world
• Not the same for the under 35
• 30% of Americans have college degrees
• 36% of whites
• 19% of blacks
• 14% of Hispanics
• 55% of Asian Americans
2/3 of Americans over 25 do NOT have college degrees
What do we have to do to increase those numbers?
How many believe there are many more Chinese and Indian children than American children?
- 1.3 billion Chinese
- 1.1 billion Indians
- =2.4 billion people
- 10% will be high achievers, so 10% of 2.4 billion is 240 million
- there are only 310 million Americans
- we are a small country. What gives us strength is our creativity, our innovation, our diversity – how do we harness the creativity and innovation to make a difference?
- We especially need graduates in STEM, but it does not take away the importance of arts, humanities and social science. We need both. Our graduation rate for engineers = 6%. Europe = 12%, Asia = more
- We math teachers can look at a kid and spot the kids that don’t get math right away. The kids that can get it quickly, can also lose it quickly. We tend to think about speed as being smartness rather than depth and struggle as a way to learn
- Our culture tends to do a one or the other talent search, either math/science or arts/language. Must it be that way?
- Why are fewer than 2% of the PhDs in science going to minorities (blacks, hispanics, Hawaiians)
- What does it really mean to expect that all students can succeed?
- ask students to give feedback on how to help them succeed
- in our system, do we see all people of all races achieving at the same level?
- what works?
- build community among students
- help faculty rethink how they teach
- pull students into the actual work
- building trust among the students
ú students will rarely say they need help (especially minority students)
ú the tutoring labs need to be for those students that want to get an A, not just the ones that don’t want to get a C or lower
ú when focus on specific groups and their particular problems, you can address things that can help everyone
ú if they have never seen it, it’s challenging to believe that it can happen.
- How do we use technology as a tool rather than having the tool rule our lives?
- We must prepare students to use the technology, but also to control the technology – ethics, history, thinking through the big questions – one skill he wants every student coming to college to have beyond reading is to ask good questions
- How do we create an environment where we ask students to take ownership of their own education. How many students are bored in school? How do we take what we know about technology and learning to change the model?
- Are we as innovative as we can be? We need to get away from the lecture model. People can’t listen for more than 20 minutes intently.
- Flipped classroom from his perspective: in engineering/math – teacher assigns a 20 minute video explaining a concept. Students watch it. Teacher assigns the problem before class. They meet in groups, using blackboard and work on the problems. Based on what she sees in the problem solving, she can present another 15-20 minute lecture based on what they could and could not understand.
- Expecting the students to see how much they can understand themselves first, and base the lecture piece on what they didn’t get. Teacher in class continues to monitor the groups.
- In terms of the future, we learn together, not alone. Asian countries you get fewer problems that require more thought and are worked on together
- how do you make sure everyday that you are elevating people and not pushing them down?
- watch your thoughts, they become your words, watch your words, they becme your actions, your actions become your character, your characer becomes your destiny
- Every child needs A teacher to believe in them.
How can I use this in my own project?
What Dr. Hrabowski has done by concentrating on minority students is what I’m doing. He says by concentrating on the specific needs of one type of student, in my case Hawaiian students, I am creating information for all students. Good teaching is good teaching. Belief to action to destiny – the ho’ailona – the pandanus fruit is ripe – the time is now.