As a country we have looked to education as a road to equal opportunity - as a path to gaining knowledge, developing skills and learning behaviors that prepare children to do well as students, workers and citizens throughout their life.
All of these individuals have three things in common: they possess an idea, have the desire for change and they can't do it alone.
For over 20 years University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown has used his position in the university to preach his discriminatory, anti-gay brand of Christianity. His latest crusade to fight for discrimination against the LGBT community finally warrants his termination.
Simply mandating that young people remain in school without addressing the causes for their leaving will accomplish little.
Every state should have an academic freedom coalition. It just takes someone to get it going. It could be you.