The numbers don't lie. Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education. And the need for highly-skilled workers is growing.
Our country is engaged in a deep, delicate battle about how to slice up the federal budget. What may surprise some people is that early childhood education comes down to everything Americans are anxious about.
Michelle Rhee saw the "toxic" stress DC's children were suffering from. She knew she had to get the youngest into quality programs and fast, or she was going to lose them. In just three years she's made huge gains in Pre-K.
I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's that being an influential leader and/or a billionaire doesn't automatically mean that you can identify, fund and support educational solutions that make any sense.
The public doesn't know the true story of our educational situation in the United States. Too many people who aren't educators are stepping up to the microphone. It's time for teachers to step up to the mic.
Education Nation was effectively a two and a half day-long meeting of the minds for those who see privatization as the last word in fixing America's public schools. They are known as the "reform" movement.