We have two choices of when our children can fail: now or later. Now, they are still in a safe environment with people willing to help them succeed. Later, it will be in the context of the workplace or with their own families when the stakes are much higher.
At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools.
Why would we waste so much human talent? And yet, that is exactly what we do now when it comes to girls and women in countless rural communities and sprawling cities around the world.
If we decide to label children by what they are not, rather than who they are and the capabilities they can expand then we are stuck blaming children for what we don't think they can handle.
Colleges and universities can help prepare citizens for the challenges and opportunities related to working in their community by developing new programs and structures that meet their civic-minded vision and mission.
Today, I sit in my Principal's chair with my Afro-Caribbean curly, brown hair and my Dominican and Puerto Rican flags hanging from my shelf, while meeting with students that are dealing with similar challenges. Yes, the challenges are still there. I continue to fight for equitable systems that will allow all students to succeed.
What about the learning needs of working adults? Careers span decades, so it stands to reason that you can't front-load everything you'll need to know just in your youth.
Currently, the largest national prescription for school shooting prevention happens to be active shooter training. Everyone wants to be prepared. And we should be. Just like we need to be prepared for all types of disasters, manmade or natural.
The fate of student debt will be determined not by new measurements but by what happens to it in real time as defaults and debt forgiveness continue to mount. Unfortunately, we still better keep our eyes on the horizon.
For all the young girls being scared off by ideas of who becomes an engineer and what engineers do, here are seven reasons why you should simply ignore what some people might say and pursue your love of engineering.
EdPost has been in operation for just over a year, and it seems that Peter Cunningham can't seem to attract what he cannot purchase: Readers.
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" -- Proverbs 4:7. Now here are 12 Steps to Achieve a 4.0 GPA.
On a chilly night in 2013, as the stress of the semester was coming to a peak, I had the most scarring experience of my life. Being sexually assaulted -- raped -- shattered my self-image and confidence in my own voice. My self-worth was stolen from me by someone I previously trusted.
Unlike the typical student, however, our childhood years were spent dealing with economic struggles, feelings of not belonging, teenage pregnancy, and run-ins with the police. My four siblings and I had to overcome these hardships to graduate. For each of us, our high school graduation day was a moment of triumph for our family, because the odds were against us from the very beginning.
These public school experiences helped mold my self-perception and worldview. I'd be a liar to say the story ended here for there are more tales to tell. Life worsened as I struggled to retain my sanity and self-esteem amidst institutionalized racism.
Suza Scalora speaks with Tolle about how our negative thought patterns often dominate our minds--on a personal and collective level--and how we can prevent these patterns from manifesting negative situations in our daily lives.
"Perseverance," "resilience," "strength," "immigration," and "the American Dream" are just a few words that are nearly synonymous with the Latino experience. And this is especially true when you look at the staggering statistics and the obstacles that Latinos have to overcome in order to succeed in public schools.