All Students Need “Deeper Learning”
I believe all students from all backgrounds can and should thrive academically in our public schools. This is why I want to promote an approach to education called ‘deeper learning.’ This encourages students to combine academic knowledge with effective communication, writing and collaboration skills, with student-directed exploration and learning that enable them to connect what they learn to real-world problems and possibilities. This is especially important for students from working-class and minority backgrounds who are often tracked into highly structured, ‘teach-the-test’ learning approaches, which seem boring and unrelated to their lives. All of our students need educational experiences that ignite their passions, inspire their creativity and empower them to reach their full potential.