Women won in a big way in the 2012 election. Now we must hold their feet to the fire. In January, the new terms for our elected officials will begin, and I want them to consider a basic blueprint as they approach their work.
Education has been overlooked as a tool for transformation of economic inequities for far too long. I wonder if I will see in my own lifetime a revolutionary movement of education as the practice of freedom in this country and elsewhere.
The voices of the people are what has always forced leaders to change course. This will be demonstrated when we call upon the president of Pakistan to create a cohesive plan to bring millions into school. The journey does not end there, but it is a meaningful step towards progress.
Just as reading books as a family can help develop a child's imaginative faculties and increase their knowledge of the world in general, having a strong force of committed educators can add a powerful interdisciplinary component to a child's education.
The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will determine the federal education mandate but the true measure will be whether America can successfully close the racial disparities facing U.S. schools.
Obama's reelection has effectively shaken the ghost away of having to look over his shoulder at every turn to appease and conciliate the avowed enemies of social and political progress and reform. His reelection won't make them totally go away.
It all comes down to a simple question: Who is going to win? The forces of darkness who deny education to girls? Or those of us who believe in the power of education, and believe in it deeply enough to fight for it every day?
Most of my friends in the USA agree on what is great about this nation. But when I speak to some American friends they seem to be unaware of the shortcomings of the USA compared to others, and this is what I would like to focus on. Here are some quick examples.
Technology is not just a shiny tool that can increase engagement, but a conduit to endless possibilities that can enhance every facet of what we do in education. It is not a frivolous expense that is not worth the investment that many make it out to be.