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.
The take home for me from Katie Couric's recent report on Lyme disease is that there are still too many unanswered questions. We need more research to understand Lyme, which affects 300,000 victims each year because we don't have answers.
Most of today's governors came in to office standing on a platform full of nice-sounding school reform, but only a very few have delivered anything worth talking about.
Ornithologists may have discovered a rare species of owl in Oman. But there's an even rarer breed of higher education exhilaration in this tiny nation, an excitement that is igniting a flame of hope and possibility in a world that so desperately needs it.
For a first-year student adjusting to life away from home, the smallest inconvenience can feel like a dramatic, earth-shattering event. First-years live in a world of extremes. Many arrive on campus expecting the college experience to be perfect immediately.
We are America. We should cultivate the wit and wisdom of Ben Franklin, the ingenuity of Thomas Alva Edison, the spirit of the Wright brothers. Were they good test-takers? Who knows? Who cares? I bet the guys at Enron and Madoff had great test scores.
Engineering studies can be combined with many other fields. These can include things like medicine, genetics, forestry, marine biology, physics, applied mathematics and computer science. All these lead to varied and interesting skill combinations that can open doors to interesting career paths.
Is grad school worth it? The debate rages, and the economic rewards or ramifications are compared ad nauseam. While I have weighed in on the debate already, I am yet to expand upon the non-financial reasons why graduate school is worth the money.
If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.
Against all odds, each of the fifty educators profiled is making a lasting positive impact on his or her students; the kind of impact that recasts futures, changes lives, and might just inspire the rest of us to consider a second career in education.
In this new reform effort, what is the end result? How will these reform efforts improve the educational outcomes of students in New York City, or make schools better? In simply creating a new evaluation rubric, exactly how is instruction being improved?
The University of Minnesota recently hosted Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS. Sam was on a book tour for the 20th edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy, and I prepared for the dialogue between us following his talk.
There's no question that test scores are important, but we cannot ignore the impact that chronic absenteeism has, not only on a young person's academic career, but quite possibly on the rest of his or her life.
Education should be about lifting all of us, especially our children, to greater levels of success. Teachers have a lot of power in what they say and how they react to young minds that are still developing.
Six leading community college organizations have joined forces to address an important yet little-known challenge facing community colleges across the U.S.: the impending departure of hundreds of presidents.
For a little more than a year, I served on the board of a charter school for minority students. I was amazed at how well-funded it was and how many people were feeding at money trough from educational consultants, to building contractors to internet equipment suppliers.