What Real-Life Teachers Think about the Education System in America

by Rachel Baker on January 18, 2015

When I first saw this article, I was really sure if it was going to be worth anything much in the way of readibility and shareability. I thought the fact that real teachers had a book AND a movie coming out was the interesting part.

I was wrong. The interview is truly fascinating and I can’t help but think these two can’t be the only two teachers in the country who feel this way; and if that is the case, why can’t the system be changed?

Read More:The Real-Life Teachers of Spare Parts on What’s Wrong With US Schools

Fredi Lajvardi and Allan Cameron have 54 years of public school teaching experience between them. They are the celebrated creators of a student robotics program at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, where roughly 80 percent of the student population lives below the poverty line. Many are undocumented and speak limited English. Despite the odds, the two teachers turned the robotics team into a powerhouse, winning state and national championships and garnering more than $1 million in scholarships for students.

Yet Lajvardi and Cameron are deeply concerned about the state of American secondary education. Teachers, they say, are stymied by bureaucracy and confounded by rigid curricula optimized to produce better test results, not better students.

Lajvardi and Cameron first came to national prominence in 2005, when I wrote about their 2004 robotics team. That story provided the basis for my book, Spare Parts and a Hollywood film by the same name. On the eve of the film’s Friday release, I spoke with Lajvardi and Cameron about their experience and what it says about the future of education.

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