Bart's Open Road
Becoming a Teacher (0:42)
Vision to Action (0:33)
Social Interest (0:50)
Success As A Teacher (2:16)
Working With My Hands (1:06)
Detroit Community Schools
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- 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.