For the last decade, New York City has been immersed in a debate about how to improve our failing schools. While significant progress has been made to improve accountability, student performance is still abysmal.
Today, thousands of preschool aged children are placed on a waitlist waiting for space to open in an early learning program while the most important developmental milestones of their lives pass them by.
Preschool children develop physically through running, jumping and climbing. Play is their context for deep learning and it is critical in preschool. Let's avoid the teacher-directed and worksheet-heavy model of the preschool classroom. Let's get it right.
What does it mean when your role as a parent and as a professional overlap? How effective can you be as a scientist when your primary subjects are your family? And how effective can you be as a parent when your child is, at least in part, a means to an outcome?
No photo, witty posting or apt political cartoon can match sitting on a park bench with a friend. No amount of clicking "like" stands in for keeping me company before a scary mammogram. Friends take that seat next to you so you don't sit alone.
The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.
To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.
Getting ready for school means more than purchasing notebooks, pencils, and a backpack. Being truly prepared for school means that students walk into their first classroom having already developed important skills that allow them to learn.
The skills people will always need to thrive -- deep thinking, the ability to differentiate fact from hype, creativity, self-regulation, empathy, and self-reflection -- aren't learned in front of screens.
In more than one hundred and fifty interviews for this book -- lengthy conversations with scores of innovators and their parents, teachers, and mentors -- passion was the most frequently recurring word.