For the past three weeks, I've been in Australia studying how two universities prepare future elementary school teachers. Some of it feels familiar to me. But sometimes, I come upon parts of their experience that are totally foreign.
Currently, school funding provides roughly equal resources to address vastly unequal needs. It is the single greatest point of discrimination in our educational system. Even in affluent districts, concentrated achievement gaps often reflect racial and socioeconomic segregation at the neighborhood level that magnify these unequal needs.
For the sake of our children and a stronger future for our country, we should all hope that Congress takes actions that support the efforts of schools and organizations working to improve school and child health and not hinder them.
I reached out to 40 leaders from various professions--many of whom are friends, colleagues, or acquaintances--and asked them one question: What advice would you give the 2016 graduating class?
I love to learn. I would be the person in college for the rest of my life if I could fit it in with everything else I do. So when I came across Harvard's open classes, I was in heaven.
Last fall, when I first arrived at George Mason, I decided to major in economics. Halfway through the semester, I learned about the large amount of money GMU has accepted from Charles Koch and the power such money has given the Charles Koch Foundation at other universities.
To me, primary school is memorizing times tables in the front of the classroom with a ruler in hand, painstakingly writing and rewriting cursive letters, and standing up to read passages aloud. That was 1989. Today, primary school is using mobile apps to learn.
You have raised me to become a strong and confident individual. An upbringing I couldn't imagine possible had I tried another sport or activity.
If we look across America, more students studying STEM is a great sign. The students we help are motivated and willing to take risks, and we believe if we can continue to grow this population and inspire more students to explore STEM, we have a chance at reversing the trend in America.
This is the second in a series of five blogs that we will post on grit and what it means for poor kids.
To anyone contemplating taking a gap year: I cannot urge strongly enough that there is no better way to transform yourself from a lost high school kid who thinks they've got a clue, to a young adult who's starting to get the idea that cluelessness is a necessary part of life.
Dismissing the gap year concept as another privilege of the 1 percent does a disservice to us all, as society would gain substantially from a generation of more engaged, self-directed and academically-motivated young people.
This is an urgent need that must be attended to, not only for our own children, also for those children we can reach and impact. Africadarian is the best model to refer to in order to effect this long lasting change.The ancient proverb that 'It takes a village to raise a child', is more relevant in this case.
The teachers I meet every day are the true "doers" and change makers of education. They are innovators, creators, activists and advocates. They are leading the charge for a better education system for kids and profession for teachers.
Erie, Pennsylvania-- not exactly a teeming metropolis, but not exactly a one horse town, either-- is considering closing all of its high schools. Yes, at a meeting last week, the district's leaders were asked to consider if it might be more doable to just send all of Erie's teenagers to neighboring school districts.
There will be successes and failures, and there will also be some question marks about how it all went, which is very normal when you're breaking new ground. The important thing is a willingness to try, and if you make a mistake, to make it gracefully, and just carry on.