I write this because I know that there are people out there who feel like I felt when I knew I wasn't one of the "fortunate ones" to go to college. I just want you to know that because you might not be able to do it now, it doesn't mean that you're done. In fact, this is only the beginning. I believe in you. Because I AM you.
Bringing children together to learn how to improve communication with others, as well as how to approach individuals for the purpose of building lasting relationships is what took place this week.
The reports and surveys are still coming in and they're telling us that in record numbers the millennial generation is staying at home with their parents. The latest number I heard was 32% of this generation are still at home. This hasn't been the case for around 100 years, but what's the problem?
If we are truly going to make America great again, we need to be visible and vocal in support of these first-generation students because they are the future curators of the American dream.
The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?
I'm not really sure where this gap year is going to take me (or whether it's going to be successful) but I'm excited to take a chance, not have anything planned, and see what opportunities this year brings.
Online education has rapidly expanded, creating countless opportunities for students to explore new fields, enroll in classes otherwise unavailable to them, and even earn full degrees online.
This is a conversation with Paul Tough about his new book "Helping Children Succeed" -- which you should really read, even if the whole "grit" thing drives you bonkers.
So don't feel bad about being unsure, and don't be afraid to change your mind. There's strength in recognizing when something doesn't feel right. Don't believe the hype about having to attend the most prestigious college in order to lead a successful life.
Testing companies do not want us to know that Common Core and its high-stakes testing regime are a disaster that do a grave disservice to this nation's children.
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.