HEARD in the Classroom: Hayim

Hayim Wolf, Dean of Students


"Teachers get to know kids really well between the hours of nine and three. But there’s this whole world of information that we don’t have access to, which comes from families. If we’re working in the child’s best interest, then the more information we have, the better that work is, the more efficient that work is, the more thoughtful that work is. I’ve had parents tell me they heard something from their child at home -- a good thing or bad, but they haven’t shared it with the teacher because they didn’t want to disturb them -- they're too busy. That’s a very thoughtful sentiment, but totally misguided. The more information we have, the more we can work with your child and the more we can be in dialogue with you. There’s more work our school can do to make that communication happen organically, and I think it’s repeating at every opportunity: You’re not putting us out by telling us about the little things. And when you tell us about the little things, it keeps them from becoming big things.”

HEARD is a parent teacher communication app; school communication tool

"If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the American education system it would be to get rid of the emphasis on content. The role of specific content seems less and less important to me because it’s interchangeable. Any content will do if what we’re teaching is a love of learning and we’re asking interesting questions. No one’s going to get all the content. You’re going to learn some stuff; you’re not going to learn other stuff. What matters is that there’s content, that you’re being enriched, that there are things offered to you, and it’s being presented in ways that are engaging. But there’s tremendous resistance to this idea. It’s okay in kindergarten. But as soon as you leave middle school or high school, content becomes this big thing. 'Will the kids be ready for the SSAT?' 'Will they be ready for the SAT?' 'How will they ever succeed in college if they don’t have California history in 4th grade?' I don’t even understand that question. It’s like asking how will they succeed if they don’t have macaroni salad for dinner.”