I don't believe that schools are broken. I know that sounds so non-innovative or whatever, but I don't care. I see amazing things that happen at my school on a regular basis. I watch what my kids have learned and I'm blown away. I see value in celebrating the small stories of the great things that happen.
That being said, I see broken parts inside the system. I hate the excessive testing. I hate the lack of funding and the crappy teacher pay. I hate the packets that kids fill out and the punitive style of grading. I see systemic racism that we still haven't tackled and it makes me mad.
In other words, I believe that all systems are flawed, just as the world is flawed and humanity is flawed. This viewpoint shapes how I approach my approach as a public school teacher. But it has me thinking about the approaches you can take when you see problems in the system: