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Interview 2 with Brenda Bilal

Bilal, Brenda
Wright, Christina
Date of Interview: 
Bilal, Brenda, 1950-; Ledford, Barbara, 1952-; Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools; West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Irwin Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Garinger High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Piedmont Open Middle School (Charlotte, N.C.); Open plan schools; Education, Elementary; Education, Primary; Multiculturalism; School management and organization; Educational tests and measurements--United States; Educational accountability--United States; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign Speakers; North Carolina--Charlotte; North Carolina--Charlotte--Hickory Grove; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
In part two of this two part interview, Brenda Bilal continues discussing her experience with open education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Ms. Bilal criticizes the current trend in education to rely increasingly on high stakes testing, saying that this is stressful for students and forces teachers to teach to the test rather than structuring the curriculum to student needs. As an alternative, Ms. Bilal suggests that contracts, collaboration between students, and flexible projects are more effective ways to approach education. In addition to her perspective as an educator, Ms. Bilal also sees value in open education from her perspective as a parent. She describes the qualities that she believes her children gained in open education, including a sense of self-worth, creative thinking, empathy for others, persistence, and resourcefulness.
North Carolina--Charlotte; circa 1970 - 1999
Interview Setting: 
Brenda Bilal's office at Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, N.C.)
Oral History, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Open School Series
Collection Description: 
These interviews focus on the history and significance of open education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System inspired by a school history project at Piedmont Open Middle School in 2004.
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