Karen Pittman and Gary Briggs on the Elephant in the Classroom

Key Points

  • When asked “where did learning happen for you?” everyone roots that experience and place in a relationship.

  • It’s important to remind teachers that half the people in the building are not teachers. 

Elephant in the Classroom Podcast

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom Vander Ark is joined by Karen Pittman, Partner at Knowledge to Power Catalysts and Gary Briggs, Director of Systems Impact at New Teacher Center to discuss a recent report, The Elephant in the Classroom. This position paper articulates a new, shared purpose for education and paints a picture of what it would look like if our systems were rooted in a vision that centered equity, humanity, justice, and self-actualization for students and adults. 

American education systems and structures are designed to produce inequitable outcomes. It’s the elephant in the (class) room — the problem we don’t want to discuss because the truth is uncomfortable and challenging to change.

Elephant in the Classroom


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