Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.
What if five years from now, we've moved (or are quickly moving) to a structure of schools that basically offloads almost all rote learning to personalized technology solutions aimed at creating enough mastery in kids to pass some type of examination or quest?
As we interviewed the students, their level of preparedness became apparent. Those who had researched, tailored their materials, and prepared were head and shoulders better in the interview than those who had put less time and thought into it.
Imagine if instead of spending billions of dollars on invasions and bombings, we had used the same resources to fund educational systems, build infrastructure, and provide medical care in the Middle East and beyond.
Mitt Romney changes his position every day, and we still have two weeks to go before the election. Maybe it's time for Mitt to steal some solutions from Christian conservative home-schoolers here in the U.S. -- so take our survey and let's figure this out!
Lately, it's become fashionable to question the value of a higher education. After all, if Bill Gates has made millions of dollars without a college degree couldn't our upcoming generation have the same, or a similar level of success?
To the children and adults who visit Leonardo's Basement, it is filled with anything but junk. The items strewn around the open space range from the inside of a deconstructed baby grand piano to components more usually found in a computer store.
Malala may lie in hospital and she may have been silenced for now -- but millions who now carry her message can find in the run up to Malala Day on November 10th an opportunity to speak for her and ensure that action on girls' rights and children's education is no longer delayed.
Teachers, like many other Americans, have questions about Romney's policies and proposals. They worry about their impact on the education that kids receive, because he advocates slashing education funding and privatizing public education.
If the big electronic gaming companies want to grow in a slump, they should start an education-gamming division rather than lose some of their best and brightest programmers by letting them become the competition.
Oh, no. What was he going to do? He wouldn't kick her while she was down. Would he? I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and began making my way towards Amanda. I was in charge. I had to protect her from this humiliation.
When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.
America's Report Card sets itself the task of educating Americans about the status of its children, and in this respect it is a wake up call. But the report limits itself to the policy recommendation of "we must do better by our children." I'd like to connect dots and draw lessons.
Just like I encourage my sons to "read the book" before they see a movie, I encourage students to experience concepts through real-life exercises before they play with technical simulations. Tie knots. Fold origami. Play with Legos.
If youth are the future, we must lead the charge for positive, collaborative change... and young people are stepping up in cities, towns, and villages worldwide to defy the odds, to achieve the impossible.