Eye on Education

Philadelphia School Uses Workshop Model to Find Success

A West Philadelphia school is combining STEM education and career technical education–two current education buzzwords– as a different way to reach kids from some of the city’s rough neighborhoods. As WHYY’s Kevin McCorry reports, The Workshop School uses an “inquiry-based” model of learning, where students think of their own questions and create answers to solve real problems.

“Once you start something you’ve got to finish it,” Haziz Self, a graduate of the school, said in the piece. “That’s a life lesson: Once you start something, you got to finish it.”

Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project … A school created not by administrators but by teachers fed up with the status quo … A school where kids from a city’s toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.

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