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Surajit Khanna Interviews Dr Marvin Thompson
In this interview, Dr Thompson (Dr. T) gives valuable advice to parents of school aged children and to educators. Dr. Twas prominently featured in Oprah Winfrey’s “Blackboard Wars”, a nationally televised documentary bringing light to the challenges facing urban schools in America. The program received many awards including CableFax’s Best Documentary, the CINE Golden Eagle Award and the New York Festival’s TV and Film Award.
Dr. Marvin Thompson’s Background
Dr. Marvin Thompson (Dr. T) is an educational leader who spent the majority of his 25 years in the educational field turning around schools in challenged communities. The scope of his experiences in schools range from pre-school director, elementary teacher, to district superintendent. In 2003, his efforts led to his school being recognized as one of the top 15 most changed schools in America through the National School Change Award Program. He served on the Virginia Academic Review Steering Committee, which reviewed, revised and developed school performance standards currently being used in states across the country. Dr. Thompson is highly respected, educator with over 25 years K to 12 and higher education experience. As Chief Academic Officer at a charter school in New Orleans, he was featured in Oprah Winfrey’s documentary “Blackboard Wars.” It’s a nationally televised documentary, to bring to light the challenges facing urban schools in America. See more information in our Events Page about Dr. T.
Surajit Khanna Interviews Dr Marvin Thompson
Today, the most states and school districts considered closing public schools. Why? Because of the coronavirus pandemic. Educators are debating moving instruction from classroom to the family’s living room via the internet. But setting up online school is not easy. And according to many researchers, moving from the actual classroom to the virtual classroom can hurt the student performance. The interactions between the teacher and students are so important and cannot feel it virtually. A growing number of studies show a negative impact on student achievement when education is moved to online format, compared to the usual in school experience.
Remote Teaching and Low Income Families
Lower income families might not have access to computers, video conferencing and online learning platforms. So, there are many challenges, not only technical but economic challenges.
Dr. T is “Go-To” Person to Fix Inner City Schools
Dr. Marvin Thompson said: “That’s my background in terms of my interests and how I came to be an educator. That comment you made about me being asked to fix things. My mom always said that. I only get fixer uppers. My very first job as a principal was a fixer upper. My very first job as administrator was in a school that had a lot of violence and drug problems. And in my, my 28 years in this business, what I’ve watched is a lot of conversations about what should be but no one’s articulating a vision. And it’s one of the barriers that I have.
“There’s an implied vision, in some, some reform movements, but implications only lead to confusion, and there’s nothing concrete. As much as you’re providing a caring service, you do it in a caring way. And we haven’t found a resolution so it does right now. It’s probably the first time in my career where I’ve seen education really rely on all of us, all of our voices to come together.
A Time for Agreement
“But this is the first time that we’ve all had to come to an agreement about what we’re trying to do, for children. I don’t know if there’s been a time in America where we are an opportunity where parents have a stronger voice, and what their children learn than right now and if we don’t capture that, we will be setting ourselves up for even bigger issues. Kids are resilient. They adapt quicker than we do. We have our new and I just in the little time that we’ve been on in this conversation, The beauty of being young is you don’t know what you don’t know. There are a lot of assumptions made. It wasn’t until about three weeks into these plans that people realized, not everyone has internet. Not everyone has access to a computer.
Closing the Gaps
“And, after so many years in this profession, I hear the term gaps. We have a achievement gap, an equity gap, an economic gap, etc.. Well, let’s not close them, let’s eliminate them. So this is the opportunity to reapply resources. God forbid what we given up in terms of financial resources and the gross the GDP is going to be a lot less than it was in dating back to 2008. It’s not just the school, it’s how it affect family’s lives. And that’s why their voice needs to be involved in this, this reset, the new ‘normal’. But it is a resetting of America.”
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