On this episode of Take Back Our Schools, Andrew and Beth welcome education innovator and author Ian Rowe. Ian shares his own personal story coming from an immigrant family which ignited his passion for education. He discusses his framework F.R.E.E. – family, religion, education and entrepreneurship – which serves as an alternative to the toxic and divisive victimhood narrative currently ascendant in our nation’s schools. Ian also talks about the charter high school he cofounded in the Bronx, NY, and the vitriol he has received from teachers unions over his efforts to launch this brand new school.
Ian is the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools just recently opened in the Bronx, NY. Ian is also a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. Ian also serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and a writer for its 1776 Unites effort. Ian is also the author of Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power, published in May 2022.
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