Over eighty meetings with teachers and school leaders in a two-week cross-country blitz-- not bad work for a team of twelve Teaching Ambassador Fellows (TAFs) working for a year with the U.S. Department of Education.
For-profit higher education could help our people and our economy -- if the federal financial aid system were structured so that schools earned higher profits by actually helping students, not by ripping them off.
My family and I recently had a discussion around the practicality of education. Stereotypically, academia is regarded as devoid from reality, with professors dreamily creating scenarios in the "ivory tower."
With mounting pressures on schools today, the suggestion that teachers should also be preparing students to address our growing ecological crises might seem ridiculous at best. But what if doing so could boost student achievement?
I wonder if our adult kids' pervasive fear of failure hasn't returned them to their childhood bedrooms, dissatisfied and unemployed. Yes, it's a tough economy out there, but have we made them afraid to take chances, to bypass meaningful engagement and social justice opportunities?
Here's the irony of Mitt Romney's 47 percent: he hails himself as an economic savior because he knows how to create jobs, yet many of the jobs he had a hand in creating through his work at Bain Capital fall right into that 47 percent.
Hollywood Arts used arts-based learning to mainstream homeless and foster care youth over the age of 18. Our goal was, among other things, to prepare our students for higher education and we partnered with the local community college to help facilitate this.
It was always my greatest ambition to become a performer. Someone so technically and musically prepared that they can provide the unforgettable magic that inspires joy and hope. At its best, my violin playing inspired sympathy and the need to improve.
By systematically dismantling the public education system and clamping down on college aid, the GOP is ensuring that children from low and middle-income families are denied the opportunity to obtain the basic skills and training needed to land well-paying jobs in the future.