Education should be about lifting all of us, especially our children, to greater levels of success. Teachers have a lot of power in what they say and how they react to young minds that are still developing.
We are far from perfect and tend not to talk about ways to overcome poverty. In fact, many turn a blind eye toward the intractable issues of race, ethnicity and poverty. But for Kotlowitz, it is a question of getting to those issues.
In the debates about how to improve education, adults argue about what works and what doesn't, rarely asking students for their views. Of course, adults are responsible, but knowing the views of youth might -- just might -- enrich adults' decisions.
While Education Nation lends voice to those who would tear apart public schooling and replace it with the same model that put us in our current financial crisis, those who are being failed by this cynical "reform" movement have been silenced.