Bard candidates learn to make a distinction between public education as it is today and public education as we might wish it to be. The Bard degree is designed to provide clear and specific knowledge and skills needed to teach in schools that, unfortunately, receive far too little attention or resources. Bard graduates are recognized as creative educational thinkers, skilled instructional mentors, and effective organizational leaders capable of realizing new curricular and educational possibilities. These graduates are highly sought by principals, superintendents, and non-profit leaders who have come to respect the commitment, reliability, insight, and professionalism characteristic of previous Bard alumni/ae they have hired.
Bard in Public Education
The MAT program is part of Bard's broader effort to transform public education in the U.S. and abroad. The Bard Prison Initiative, Bard Clemente Course in the Humanities, and the Institute for Writing and Thinking, have each introduced thousands of young people in under-resourced communities to the power of open inquiry and liberal arts education. In several cities, the Bard Early College and Microcollege programs continue to demonstrate the power of education and initiate meaningful careers.