As another school year gets under way, our country has the opportunity to repair urban education in a substantive, strategic and sustainable way -- using proven, and common sense, approaches that are based on investing in teachers and engaging our children and families.
Is it too much to hope that Washington will begin taking notice and start moving toward the anti-poverty educational policies being pursued in the state where one in eight public school students attend school?
To some degree, the hard work of educators has paid off; NEAP reading and mathematics scores for all students have improved over the last 20 years. Yet gaps persist, causing many to puzzle about their tenacious hold on the U.S. education system.
Children played a critical role in demonstrations that defined the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Fifty years later, we remember another leader, the late Dr. Michael Froning, for helping Birmingham's children, families and teachers develop a sense of their own stake in education.
We know children are influenced by everything from family income and dynamics to what happens in the classroom. Helping students uncover their strengths, rather than their weaknesses, and develop their potential should be the paramount focus for education.
As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.
There is a unique opportunity before us with today's technologies to make the entry points and pathways to knowledge, learning and opportunity accessible to many more young people. It's a question of will.
We are undergoing a dramatic demographic transformation in which the very same racial and ethnic groups that have been most excluded are now driving our population growth, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Why do we force these kids to meet in class every day, five days a week, up to eight classes a day? Why do teachers have the responsibility to plan and execute lessons all day every day? Under these circumstances, work cannot be productive.