Justin Cohen, education writer currently working on his first book, talks to Jeremy Knight, of Students for Education Reform. Knight explains how his experiences cause his perspective to differ from “reform orthodoxy.” In this second part of the conversation, Knight talks about what “winning” looks like and how to do more of it.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that, for some people, being involved in education reform feels like having really tough challenge that they want to wrap their hands around and solve. For a lot of communities, this isn’t a cool challenge to solve, it’s not like a tough math equation that’s engaging, it’s literally a matter of life and death. Which is why we focus so much on working with people of color. We’ve found that the students from those communities have more passion and commitment for the issues, because it’s their brothers and sisters in the system.