Inventors need to understand the need for invention in order to begin.

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Perhaps the step before step one is schools of education recruiting failed students for teaching. As long as the Bush-Obama nonsense of “top students for teachers” — an ugly spread of the ugly Teach for America racial theories — remains in place, schools/colleges of education will be sterile places of non-invention. As long as PhD programs do not have quotas for special education students and former high school dropouts schools/colleges of education will be sterile places of non-invention. And every school/college of education without an educationally diverse faculty will fail to develop inventive new teachers, and I don’t care if you are Teachers College, Michigan State, HGSE, or Stanford (I’m looking at you Linda Darling-Hammond).

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Inventors need to understand the need for invention in order to begin. And our teacher training institutions have become absurd, segregated places filled with honors students — people educated K-16 and beyond in homogeneously-grouped isolation from the problems of education. Consistently told that they have achieved their lofty GPAs through talent and hard work they are completely unprepared to reinvent a system where the rewards are always for compliance and adherence to extrinsic motivation.

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The true diversity in education must include the victims of education. The bored D students. The dropouts. The unsuccessful dyslexics. The “behaviorally-impaired.” The list can go on. It is that group who has the motivation to rebuild schools from day one.

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Bring them in and the culture of invention will appear.

  • Ira Socol

Author, Dreamer, Educator: A life in service - NYPD, EMS, disabilities/UDL specialist, tech and innovation leader for education. Co-author of Timeless Learning

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