When traditionalists threatened to discredit our Montessori school because of our involvement with digital education, Steve Jobs sent us an inspirational note. "Don't be discouraged by the traditionalists," he wrote. "The parents and kids will prove you right. Just keep going." Upon reflection, that advice has never seemed more relevant, or more important.
Three great unsolved mysteries remain, and they are the same riddles asked by ancient Greek philosophers: What is the universe made of? Where did the universe come from? How do we know what's real?
Arts education matters. People exposed to the arts play a significant role in the continued innovation of the U.S. The arts are an essential part of our heritage and vital in what makes us human. Our lives, and our children's lives, would truly be empty without the arts.
On June 1, 2015, I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life when I joined Jackie Swindell, Parker Davidson, and Awreon Riley at the GLSEN Respect Awards to accept the award for GSA of the Year. We decided to use that opportunity to call attention to the lack of LGBTQ anti-bullying policies in America's schools and to remind everyone that the battle for respect and equality is far from over in the middle of our country. Here is the transcript of that speech. Read the words and know that they come from the hearts of two educators and two students who desire to see a public school system where all students are celebrated for being exactly who they are.
We need more of a shared sense of collective responsibility for all children, more people who can model that for our young people, and more parents teaching their kids to do that. And we certainly need more non-parents involved in the lives of our young people so they learn that too.
Ask yourself what some of the most necessary belongings in your life are. You might say your car, or your computer, or your phone. But did you ever think it could be your data?
This fall, the Administration is developing new ideas for the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan -- an international commitment to transparency and openness -- and making federally funded educational resources open to the public should be on the list.
Having and maintaining an excellent FICO credit score can be the difference between getting approved or denied for a loan, and also influences your interest rates. There are several factors that can have positive or negative effects on a credit score.
In my last post, where I posited that high-quality trade books, like those in the picture, have a hard time getting into classrooms, several people challenged me: Where did I get my information?
I love Nacho's name. It comes from the category of names I consider cute. People in general have loved it and laughed when they heard it, but one or two folks have backed off from it, preferring more traditional names I suppose.
I have learned that leadership - when authentic - belongs to the individuals who make the conscious choice to be a part of a greater purpose.
I can speak Latin. Yes, this infamous dead language is still very much alive, and nowhere more so than in the halls of private schools. So when can you use Latin if you can't speak it to anyone? The answer is everywhere.
As the need for education has grown, we have placed higher burdens on those who can least afford it: students and working families. Many students are leaving college with debt levels that would have financed a home mortgage in previous generations.
The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.
Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.
As parents, community members and taxpayers, we deserve to know where our candidates stand on critical education issues.