Subtraction in Action: Curriculum

33 minutes

Teach Lab’s Subtraction in Action series continues as our host Justin Reich explores subtraction in curriculum. Justin reflects, “One of the things that happened during the pandemic is that educators had to reduce. There has just not been a way in the last few years to teach everything that we typically teach in a year, or at least if we choose to do that, we're choosing to leave students behind in a way that I think most teachers are unwilling to do. So educators have had to go back and re-look at their curriculum. They've had to go back and say, "What's the most important thing here? What are the most marginal things here?" 

Justin is joined by educators around the country who share their experiences in cutting content and reducing standards. Our conversation includes:

  • Beth Rabbitt, CEO of the Learning Accelerator
  • Nicole Allard, Executive Director of Educational Excellence and Innovation in the Vista Unified School District in California
  • Tyler Thigpen, Co-Founder of The Forest School in Atlanta, Georgia & the Institute for Self Directed Learning


Resources and Links

Watch our film We Have to Do Something Different

Explore our Covid 19 Reports and Resources

Get your copy of Justin Reich’s book Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education

Check out Jal Mehta’s Book In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School

Subscribe to Jal’s podcast Free Range Humans




Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley 

Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley


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