Until this summer, I never associated urban education reform with Davidson College, a private liberal arts school on a tranquil suburban campus. But the college's new education scholars program has placed summer interns in the thick of Charlotte's quest to turn around inner-city schools.
|Davidson education scholars at work|
The real-life experience is bound to teach them things they'd never learn in a college classroom, even from the best of professors. Their views are likely to energize the groups they work with and broaden the public discussion. Part of their assignment is to blog about what they're thinking and learning. They've already weighed in on digital education, discussed the frustrations imposed by web filters designed to protect kids and discovered that red tape can bog down well-intentioned projects. And one of them has demonstrated video blogging skill that leaves me in the dust (not that that's hard to do).
I got to meet the scholars early on, talking to them about CMS and blogging during their orientation. They struck me as smart, energetic people who ask good questions. I'm eager to read more about their summer. Maybe in a few years we'll all get to see some of them in action.