Last Friday our Senior Director Chinyelu Martin had the opportunity to talk with Emmy Award winner Rick Wilson and his co-host Skot Welch on their radio show Radio in Black and White, based out of Grand Rapids, MI.
Chin gives a great overview of the ‘biggest problem’ that we are trying to solve — the “disparity of educational experiences across the country.”
Skot & Rick: You guys have such a massive job ahead of you, is it overwhelming to you sometimes? Because this change has been needed for so long, and I think you’ve got a great idea to get it moving but – where do you start?
Chin: Tell me about it. It’s both things, depending on the time of day. It’s overwhelming sometimes, but then it’s pretty inspirational and rejuvenating when you see individuals taking on the kinds of things that they are taking on… You see people persevering and doing wonderfully amazing things in classrooms and all sorts of places around the country, when the story is that we have these kinds of challenges because ‘maybe people don’t want to do something better’, or ‘can’t do anything better’. We see folks doing things better all the time, and part of our charge is to connect some of these pockets of resistance if you will, or pockets of excellence, to other pockets that might not be knowledgeable that someone is out there doing the same kind of thing they’re doing… there is challenge, but there’s a whole lot of hope and rejuvenation that we get to share.