It isn't the quantity but rather the quality of an education that determines a learner's success. This commonly held, simple truth seems to be oddly absent in the thinking of both decision-makers and many parents as we seek to raise the next generation of Americans.
I help lead one of America's cities -- Portland, Oregon. It is known for being a well-planned city. It's not. At least, not as well as we want it to be. And not as well planned as every American city must be.
The truth is, while there are indeed some quality programs in the sector, there are many, many rotten apples, because the lack of strong accountability standards has created a race to the bottom -- the more you abuse students, the more money you make.
This is the basic truth I want to tell these schools: it doesn't matter if a school is a for-profit or a non-profit, it needs to be doing a good job educating students. And if it's failing to do that, it should be shut down.
Hispanics distinguish themselves every day with their strong work ethic, their leadership and their productivity. They have shown, they are ready to continue to grow, the question is will Congressional Republican's help them?
While Mitt "Etch A Sketch" Romney and other Republicans are back-pedaling as fast as they can, the right wingers who control the Republican party are digging in, questioning the whole idea of whether the government should even be involved in student loans.
My advocacy work has led me to examine life outside my comfort zone of privilege--to realize that just because something doesn't affect me personally doesn't mean I shouldn't speak up and demand change.
What if the poor performers could pick up an Andrew Luck every few years? Couldn't those schools start building around that player? What if students each day were challenged by smart, energetic teachers bringing new playbooks to the game?
The life-long consequences for children in terms of opportunity, education, poverty, health, and the ability to fulfill their God-given potential are disturbing for the current generation of children and youth.