education | November 07, 2012

Promote Equity Among Students: Education Speaker Pedro Noguera [VIDEO]

"Schools are set up to be the equalizer of opportunity," says education speaker Pedro Noguera in a recent video interview with NYU Steinhardt. However, more schools should be focused not only on accessibility to education, but also on "academic excellence and equity." As the author of several groundbreaking books on educational reform, and as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, Noguera is a trusted voice on the education system. In the video, he explains why schools need to go beyond providing equal access to education and instead focus on developing a teaching style that caters to the different needs of students. That way, not only are children given the same opportunities to learn, but they also receive a helping hand along the way to ensure their success.

"What we really should be aiming for are kids who are learning ideas, knowledge, and skills that they can apply to their own situation [so] they can understand the utility of what they learn and how it's relevant to their life circumstances," says Noguera. It's essential that we both ensure that children are given the same opportunities, while simultaneously catering the lessons they are taught to their specific learning styles and life situations so that what they learn really resonates. This is something Noguera is working toward not just on the policy level, but on the ground floor as well. He is currently the Professor of Education at New York University and a part-time high school teacher. He uses his classroom experience in his work on educational policy, and in his keynote speeches. His talks are equal parts realistic and optimistic—combining the failings of our current education system with the message that we can change things for the better.

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