Listening to what young adults say about the Raise Ready Kids Big Three School Quality Factors: Program, Teaching, and Culture.
When might it make sense to send a smart kid to a lower-performing school and when might it not? This is ultimately a personal decision and there is no one right answer. However, let me share five of my own considerations, which may be helpful to you if you’re grappling with this question.
As you evaluate your school options, you should know there are cognitive as well as social benefits to your child being in a diverse school because diversity forces people to do more cognitive work than they otherwise would.
The Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to interview nonwhite candidates when they hire a new head coach. Similarly, when choosing a school for your child, you should consider at least one school that pushes the limit of your comfort zone.
If you’re trying to evaluate schools — whether you’re looking for a school for your child or wondering about the quality of your child’s current school — you need to know about Benjamin Bloom and his famous taxonomy of learning: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.
You can learn a lot about a school by trying to observe its core values in action. Look on the playground and in the hallway. How are students spending time? How are parents and visitors treated?
When evaluating a school, I believe in stepping back and considering what I call the Raise Ready Kids Big Three School Quality Factors: Program, Teaching, and Culture. More than anything else, these three factors determine school quality.