I believe what will transform schools are not gimmicks or fads, but leaders in schools, from public and private sectors and from communities, who are tri-sector athletes in education. What is a tri-sector athlete in education, you ask?
Today my children and most of their teachers will attest that the kids who worked hard before are now working as hard for the same or lesser grades. The kids that didn't work hard before are still unlikely to put in the hard work of learning, for, not surprisingly, the same result.
For too many schools, it seems that their main goal is to make kids good students, a skill and a mindset useful 40 years ago, but not today. Who says, "When I grow up I want to be a good student?" No one.
In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages - of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers - in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective was to encourage these youth to return to school, and continue a healthy childhood.
Church-run schools receive funding to cover only 29% of their total operating costs in comparison to similarly sized Jewish Haredi and religious schools which have 100% of their costs covered by the government.
Apprenticeships and trade opportunities should not be an idea of times past: they are essential to the economic recovery of communities across this country. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would be of merit to reinvigorate our education in the trades as a path to employment.
What is the reason Republicans have become the party of anti-intellectuals? The danger is that it may drown out any intelligent discourse about the most important issues of our day. It's driving at least one of our political parties into insanely ridiculous positions, at the moment.
No child should have to leave her neighborhood just to find a decent school. People don't want choice; they want good schools. So in my perfect world, every child is able to attend a great school in his own neighborhood, with his neighbors, where his family lives.