As members of the media have bemoaned the tragic results of students on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—also known as the nation’s report card—many have been all-too-willing to jump into the game of who is responsible, but few have sought innovative solutions to change the fundamental underlying reality: today’s schools were not built to maximize each and every student’s learning.
Just weeks earlier, a new report titled “Out of the Box,” along with an accompanying afternoon of virtual programming, sought to introduce a way to change that reality through the use of “innovative model providers” to shift us away from the current paradigm of schooling and “support school communities in actualizing the visions they set forth.”
The solutions generally offered in the media to the challenges students face have revolved around things like tutoring, summer school, longer school hours and more days. Although there’s nothing wrong—and some things right—with those solutions, what none of them do is upend the fact that today’s schools were not designed to optimize learning. Their time-based nature means that they were in fact built to embed failure for the majority.