Hansel and Gretel


In the Grimm brothers’ folktale, young Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the forest, left to fend for themselves.

Witnessing today’s parallel of that abandonment, the author of this Hansel and Gretel writes on deficit model education, and more, in The Forest.


Hansel and Gretel believes in educational equity and aims to help transform the crisis of deficit model education into the solution of asset-based learning.


Barry McRaith, the author, has loved being an educator across a wide variety of urban secondary schools: public (charter, magnet, and test-based selective enrollment), Catholic, and Yeshiva. Additionally, the author has taught university courses for future educators and community-based writing workshops for adolescents. The author has been awarded masters degrees in English (Northwestern University) and Educational Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation (University of Illinois – Chicago).

Honored to receive teaching awards and recognitions throughout his career, his greatest honor is the quiet, knowing smile of the student who, when challenging himself/herself beyond that which was imagined, accomplishes. For the author, the transcendent power of learning originates in those moments.

Together with an exceptionally skilled and abundantly generous team, the author is designing a unique and powerful educational technology, The Purple Pen. Through a cloud-based platform for blended learning, The Purple Pen facilitates a unique and dynamic approach to Design • Teach/Learn • Evaluate. Stay tuned.

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