The Craig Fahle Show

Carmen N'Namdi of The Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit

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Carmen N'Namdi, retired founder of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, talks with WDET's Nichole Christian on The Craig Fahle show about why she believes current education reforms lack real-world relevance for students and society.

She founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit as a private school in 1978 with 18 students. Today, the school operates as a "social studies immersion" public charter with 425 students.

N'Namdi has just completed a book that examines ways teachers and parents can incorporate "The Nataki Way" in classrooms and at home. "We're obsessed with tests and measuring students according to an achievement gap,''she says. "But we're sending students out into the world with no grit, without a sense of ego-resiliency or a connection to curiosity. We're looking for a pop solution. Whatever happened to looking at children as people and showing them how to become learners?''

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Photo courtesy of Carmen N'Namdi.