I encourage my fellow Americans, regardless of your parental status or direct utilization of our tax supported public educational system, to consider making a personal commitment to public education in your community.
Where schools are failing, we owe it to others and to ourselves to examine why. The belligerent, class-baiting vitriol you so often hear when there is any criticism of education in this country is ill-advised and unwelcome.
Although it's difficult to name a "best film" or favorite from the long list that screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, one truly does stand out. Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for "Superman" is unforgettable.
"Waiting for 'Superman' " may well perform a valuable service by shining light on a long-neglected issue. But I can't help but focus on the fact that it seems flawed in its two principal policy arguments.
As we debate the complex issue of education, it is easy to forget that great teachers are at the heart of fixing our schools. Here's an animated piece about great teachers and the one that changed my life.