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As the articles flowed in, we were of course curious about how people would respond to the arguments against the current high school transcript and all it requires and determines.
It was heartening to read when writers and commenters understood the very real problems the Mastery Transcript is trying to solve.
It was also enlightening — and challenging — to read the critiques. Even here, though, we learned about what issues we need to attend to in both our design of the Mastery Transcript and our communications about it.
It’s clear that the arguments for changing the transcript resonate with many people. They, too, see the current system’s flaws:
While those arguments are persuasive or at least compelling to many people, some wonder whether the Mastery Transcript is too idealistic or — worse – an elaborate marketing scheme to make independent schools more attractive. That could not be farther from the truth.
At the heart of the MTC are two core beliefs:
We need to make sure that everyone understands that our work is part of a movement that aims to reshape educational opportunities for students in public and private schools.
The MTC has taken the first steps, and people have noticed. Our plan is to keep going until we reach the finish line. Based on the response our first months have generated, we have a sense that more articles will follow as the discussion deepens and extends.
The bottom line is that we think we’re on to something. Check out a few of the pieces that came out over the last weeks and let us know what you think: