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.
Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.
There is a challenge to face but it may be for the adults as much as it is for youth -- a challenge to stop clinging to the bias that adolescents are problems waiting to happen and instead to engage youth for positive development.
These students are my superheroes. Nothing deters them. Worms, spiders, muddy shoes, hard dirt? No problem.
We believe that these 20 teachers are role models: They are working against the odds to create the kind of just, humane and forward-thinking educational system we all yearn for.
One of the simplest things colleges can do at this point is give students a little more time to submit their applications. This gives students time to smooth out their Common App wrinkles, and it inspires students on the sidelines to get in the game.
It's an inarguable fact that the experience and purpose of college enrich individuals, society and our culture. Let's stop trying to prove or disprove it. Let's begin focusing on something students can benefit from. We do not serve students or society well as long as the battle is trying to prove that the industry is worth it. It is.
We want our children to learn where we came from, how we got to where we are, and more importantly, who it was that had the ideas, the courage and the determination to change their own world and therewith, ours.
Just as sleep plays a critical role in restoring our cognitive functions, the ability to step away from abuse to process, evaluate and take action is essential to mental health. Without that clarity stress can reach a tipping point with alarming intensity.
Ethnicity neither limits nor defines our work to ensure every child has access to an excellent education. It does, however, inform my perspective. I enter this fight thinking about childhood friends who didn't graduate.
I was talking with a big-city school superintendent the other day who cynically -- but accurately -- observed that vultures are swirling around schools and education. His city is beset by flim-flam men and women promising to educate impoverished children.
Trained to recognize when a student is in need of emergency care and to provide it, a health professional is a critical resource that no school should be without.
In normal day-to-day life, U.S. (and international) foster kids are just trying to survive, but they must learn how to thrive in order to beat the odds. I believe learning entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful, productive citizens.