Right now, a specially-commissioned play is touring schools in 12 Ohio counties, bringing theatre to kids so that they don't have to leave school, ride a bus and miss out on mandated teaching programs.
Poverty is complex, but one tool that is known to crack the poverty cycle is an education. Although many low-income parents may want their child to go to college, they may not know how to get them there.
YouthBuild USA contrasts starkly with sentimental or cynical invocations of service. It uses unabashedly affective terms like "love" to describe its highly effective philosophy of working with low-income and minority young people for their educational and civic growth and development.
Putting a bunch more kids in Head Start is not what's being proposed here. The main proposal is a partnership with states to ensure that all four-year-old kids from moderate and low-income families have access to quality preschool.
The coming weeks will bring gasps from students and families involved in the final phase of choosing a college -- usually when they open the financial aid award letter from a college and see their expected out-of-pocket cost.
We live in a one-size-fits-all educational culture that evaluates the worth of students through their test scores, GPAs, and college acceptance letters. It is this dominant narrative, and the system it supports, that needs to change.
The Common Core is a reminder of the credo literature professors live by. Language is the building block of great sentences, great paragraphs, great chapters, and great books. We cannot take it for granted.
The 21st century has seen a seismic shift from the rather bland (and free) Maxwell House Haggadah to more creative versions. And that transition has afforded many Jewish families some poetic liberties with the seder script.