Bart's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Detroit, MI

BART EDDY

Co-Founder
Detroit Community Schools

“You have to live out your dreams, whatever they might be, as frail as they are. Take it on, do it, live it, and something will happen.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Chance Goals Self-Reflection Education Success

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

action, college, dreams, drop out, education, epiphany, graduate, having purpose, hitchhiking, masters degree, past, purpose, social issues, students, success, teacher, teaching, values, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Went to Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania; decided to hitchhike his way across the country after graduation.
  • The trip helped him realize he wanted to get involved in education, so he studied to become a teacher in the Waldorf system of schools.
  • He liked the Waldorf style of teaching, but he didn't think that he personally wanted to become a teacher and dropped out.
  • Found out about a program in England called the Center for Social Development and went abroad to check it out.
  • He was 39 years old with no career and no clear picture of what he wanted to be doing when suddenly it all came to him in a flash.
  • He knew he wanted to move back to Detroit and start a school that employed something like the Center's project-based curriculum.
  • Went back to school, got his master's degree in education, and finally became a Waldorf teacher.
  • A Detroit resident heard about his idea for a new kind of school and helped him make Detroit Community Schools a reality.

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