Jim May, NTN Chief Schools Officer

August 3, 2017

Humans of NTN: Jim May, NTN Chief Schools Officer


Jim May, Chief Schools Officer, New Tech Network


“The biggest challenge in community is a simple mathematical one. It’s a lot easier to get one person to decide what they want to do, versus two people to agree on what they want to do. Expanding that number to a whole school, school district and then a whole city, becomes exponentially more complex when you think about all the things people care about deeply. The first set of obstacles we must overcome are not about policy or structure, but our own conceptions and beliefs about the purpose of school. The American public school system has been engineered around accountability. This is one of the great ironies of the American public school system. It is an institution whose identity is found in talking about learning and growth and that’s the very thing it usually lacks the capacity to do.”