I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.
Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.
We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.
How can DC's new and returning leaders move forward? The questions to answer are: what does a child-friendly city look like? And, what specifically can the government do to make more progress for all children?
The Washington Post contrasts reinforcement used at some Washington, D.C. schools in order to motivate students when taking standardized tests, with the negative reinforcement used at another, Wilson Elementary.
The Rhee critics trying to make the sins of some teachers the sins of Rhee merely illustrate how polarizing Rhee was, and still is. There are plenty of reasons to judge Rhee harshly for her time here, but cheating doesn't even make the top ten.