Oh wow is it this time already? I am so behind on life right now…
Thank you for the kind words. I’ve thought about splitting up the education stuff from everything else, but I don’t have the motivation or moral fortitude to manage and select two different Tumblr themes.
I went into policy because even though I love direct work with people, I have always found myself drawn to systematic issues, in any field. Especially with education, I’ve been interested in issues of power and organizations. This is why, for example, this whole issue with student voice is really interesting to me, as there’s something really exciting to me about considering the different orientations that political and social systems take in order to afford some groups of people more or less voice (not to mention the complicated issues behind who should have more or less voice). In addition, when I was working in schools, there was something really frustrating to me about the lack of effective communication between all of these groups: students, parents, policymakers, teachers, researchers, administrators, community activists, etc. I felt like they were all speaking a different language. That’s why I decided to go into this program, to see if I could address these issues.
I just tell people “education policy,” but the full title of my program is “leadership, policy, and organizations.” Also, I currently have a concentration in international education, because I find it useful to view United States education from an international perspective. There are a lot of reasons behind that, but my biggest one is that it helps me think about what are uniquely problems with United States society and what might just be functions of human nature, which should inform policy solutions differently.