Texas hasn't gone soft. As a parent of two sons in public school, I can vouch that we all still want our kids to get good grades so they can go to good colleges. But the tests, which were promised to bring improvements, are increasingly impediments to education.
Although it may seem simple, making kindness the foundation of a school culture is very challenging in practice.
Too many kids tragically miss out on a shot at the top-notch education that every last one of them deserves, the kind of education that allows kids to reach their full potential and build better lives. This excellent education for all -- not just for a select few fighting over limited resources -- is what a just, equitable, and globally competitive society must demand.
Will we recognize that we cannot incarcerate children at a cost of $210,000 in facilities that display a recidivism rate nearing 90 percent, that we cannot continue to have the largest prison population in the world and that we cannot maintain a school to prison pipeline?
Across America, marginalized and high need communities are phenomenal incubators for progressive change. As the health of the South Bronx goes, so goes the health of NYC and the nation. Our replicable model can move our nation forward.
We have been asked over and over, "Which is the best school or schools in New York City?" After 20 years collectively as educators and admissions experts, we can confidently say the best school in NYC is the one that best fits your child.
Let's make it happen and empower today's youth so that they can empower the generation after them and beyond.
At the dawn of the Internet Age, we could not have imagined that in two short decades, one-third of all students enrolled in higher education would take at least one course online. In 2011, that was six million students, and a 10 percent increase over the year before.
Any job you take during college is a good one.That's because it shows employers you can balance school and work at the same time. The best college jobs, though, are the ones that help you land the career you want, right after you've graduated.
Millions of girls around the world are unable to go to school. Fortunately for Nafkot Aschenaki, this was not the case. At the age of 24, Nafkot graduated from her local university in Ethiopia with a law degree.
Hands-on learning incites a sense of wonder that text books and test prep fail to arouse, and rooftop farms provide innumerable opportunities for students to learn and grow.
The school-to-prison pipeline is real, and as people of faith we have a responsibility to protect the dreams and futures of the most vulnerable among us -- our children.
Most low-income households do not have access to high quality education for their children which perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.
Momentum around reclaiming the promise of public education is growing. Yet market reformers still seem to operate in an evidence-free zone.
Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world. That may be true, but it's not the panacea that it's been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it's not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.