Eva Moskowitz is an academician with an undying passion for quality education for all. A native of New York City, she served as the Education Committee chairperson between 1999 and 2005. She is the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, formerly Harlem Success Academy.
Eva’s Role in the American Education Sector
Besides advocating for quality education, Eva has also taught in a couple of universities in New York. Now in her early 50s, she has been involved in the management and running of several education programs, such as Harlem Education Fair, the New York City Charter School Center, and the Great Public Schools PAC. Eva is also an author with a couple of publications under her name: Mission Possible and In Therapy we Trust.
Where it All Started
Eva Moskowitz started challenging the wrongs in the education sector as early as during her days at Stuyvesant High School. She once told the New York Magazine that the school was encouraging impunity by covering up for cheating students. The teaching methodology at the time was not auguring well with Eva who thought that the teachers were leaving a lot of content for the learners to cover by themselves.
Her Views on Educational Reforms
As an adult, Eva still believes that there still exists some teething problems in the education system in America. In 2004, she challenged the practice where poorly-performing in a particular grade would be denied promotion into the higher grade, but still, have no value added to their academic performance. She argued that as much as repeating a grade could sound good, it was better if the practice was revised to allow the repeating kids to develop by first identifying their disabilities. Zoning is also an issue that Eva has been fighting against for the last decade.
Eva has previously argued that the best performing kids in American schools would not rank anywhere near the top in other countries. She argued that academic excellence among kids has a significance in the country’s future economy, therefore necessitating the need for education reforms. In her assessment, curriculums for some subjects, such as mathematics, ought to be revised to improve the teaching speed. For Eva, the subject has for the longest time been treated as if it’s too difficult for kids to comprehend, which makes it boring. She is also of the opinion that American tests should be made more challenging for learners to be at par with other countries.