On October 3rd, at The Times Center in New York City, 39 students representing 35 businesses from around the country will contend for top honors and for the chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes to help bring their business ideas to life or advance their education.
A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.
Last Tuesday, nine teams of high school students demoed mobile app prototypes and pitched business ideas to a panel of tech-industry experts as a part of the semi-final round of competition in this year's NYC Generation Tech program.
Education is the civil rights issue of our time -- it is the ultimate indicator of a child's outcome and the great equalizer in our society. High school diplomas are worth more than $1.2 million per lifetime in wages, while a college degree is worth $2.1 million per lifetime.
Is the United States of America a country where guns come before books? Arming teachers represents a major step in advancing our cultural arms escalation. Consider: Teachers aren't "supposed to be" soldiers or law enforcement officers.