"Citizen professionals" are civic leaders with a large sense of public purpose who know how to work as equals in public problem solving, with their specialized knowledge "on tap not on top."
The pot of $600 billion dollars of taxpayer money, allocated every year to educate American children in public schools, has proven to be irresistible to corporate and political interests.
Without mental health support services, few students are able to cope with emotional stress in a productive manner on their own. Confused, angry or scared, a student's cries for help are commonly first expressed by acting out in school.
The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.
Teachers need to understand that they are held to a higher standard than other professionals. It is difficult sometimes to discern what is and is not appropriate behavior. I once heard a gentleman tell new employees that you're a teacher 24/7. When you're hired, you're representing the school district all day, every day, and you fall under the ethics that entire time.
Many teachers are uneasy about evidence, because they see it as one more way they may be oppressed by standardized tests, or that they may be forced to implement proven programs. I'm sympathetic to teachers' concerns in these arenas, but policies to allay these concerns are possible.
The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.
I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.
In August 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seventy years later, the President Obama is imploring Congress to approve a deal to dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
High-quality education cannot be scaled up in the business sense. It is only as good as the quality of the professionals who deliver it classroom by classroom. Running education on a business model is destroying the heart of its intended purpose for society as well as for the individual.
I was determined to use my education in the struggle for justice. This fierce determination motivated me to become a lawyer and educator. Here are a couple simple steps for discovering your superhero within.
While ensuring students' physical safety is a school's first order of priority, the school should be no less vigilant in safeguarding them from propaganda that will assail them for the rest of their lives.
The Department of Education already has regulations in place to curb bad behavior at FPCUs. Nonetheless, there is mounting evidence that for-profits are artificially increasing their prices to simply capture student aid.
I hope we can take a moment to reflect on what that extraordinary act was supposed to achieve. It was not just intended to guarantee services to children with disabilities, not just to serve them in the least restrictive environment, not just to see that they had IEPs. The idea was to help children achieve the maximum degree of success they could achieve.
In schools, our children are often judged by one descriptor - words that are not of their choosing. Black kid. Trouble maker. Under achiever. Poor kid. These words set up our kids for failure. These words say, educators don't see who these kids are and they also don't care.
When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future.