Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.
George Washington, who gave our capital its name and whose birthday falls on February 22, authored "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation." Our first president's first rule was: "Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present." Can Washington, D.C., return to George Washington's ideals?
A high-quality public education can unlock our children's potential. It can bring communities together. It can ensure a top-notch workforce for our economy and an engaged citizenry for our democracy. We have an opportunity with the ESEA reauthorization to help reclaim the promise of public education.