Apollo not only spawned a wave of space scientists and engineers, it inspired an entire generation in all STEM fields. But Apollo was almost half a century ago. As it recedes into distant history, a new generation needs to have something big that draws children wholeheartedly toward STEM.
She's only 16, but Malala is many things: a champion for girls' right to education, a survivor, an inspiration, an older sister, and a role model.
As families struggle to get by financially, girls are often pulled out of school to help care for siblings or to work for extra income. Schools can be overcrowded or non-existent for refugee children -- the very situation Hanan faced.
Even at a very early age, I faced elementary and middle-school teachers who were more interested in educating boys in math and science and rarely even allowed a girl to answer a challenging question or solve the problem at the board.
It is not an understatement to reiterate that each of us has the power to make a difference in the life of a child. Let us pledge to spend a few extra minutes each day speaking and reading with our children because, together, we can make every day a reading and writing day.
If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?
Today is the International Day of the Girl. I want you to stand up at noon for every girl's right to tell her story. It sounds like a simple thing -- to stand up at noon. The action itself may be simple, but the statement and the intention behind the action is profound.
How many great runners and stories of inspiration never come to be because of hunger and poverty? This is something Paul Tergat realizes and carries with him. He made it. A helping hand was there to give him food which became the foundation of his success.
The crazy decision to shut down the government is causing real pain and anxiety to our most vulnerable -- single mothers and children. At its core, the shutdown seems to be about whether or not we value a society that shares its burdens.
In too many urban schools science, social studies and the arts have become expendable electives.
There is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the racial demographics of those individuals who enter the teaching profession.
Our children will continue to cheat as long as parents, businesses, political leaders, media and schools support a culture that, despite lip service to the contrary, values getting to the top instead of doing the right thing.
This march was as much about protecting schools that provide low-income children a chance they wouldn't otherwise have, as it is about protecting a new way of supporting teachers to make them masters at their craft.
Instead of developing a democratic process in which teachers, scholars and specialists were consulted at every step in the process -- instead of trying out the standards to see how they work in real classrooms -- the Gates Foundation and the Department of Education took a shortcut.
Many students express an interest in 'just having fun' while studying abroad, so they're planning on taking a few classes pass/fail and traveling around. They want to know, is that so wrong? It all depends on what the objective is.
The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.