As we address issues of American competitiveness, we need to widen our lens and think differently about the education of the American workforce -- particularly of non-traditional students, like working adults.
Let the good news roll -- the reports, the endorsements, the calls to action -- but let's do something about the harsh, demeaning, counter-intuitive prison conditions we force young people to live in while insisting that they grow and change.
Research consistently shows that high-quality early learning programs benefit children, our society, and our national prosperity. It is simply one of the most cost-effective investments America can make in its future.
For decades, Americans have been searching for The Education President. Unfortunately, every four years it seems like a new issue comes along that pushes education to the back burner (the economy, terrorism, healthcare).
When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, they will also be taking part in a national showdown between corporate lobby influence and local grassroots campaigners in what many consider to be the opening salvo in the 2012 elections.
If what we seek, then, is a more sustainable and just social order, how should we recalibrate our public schools -- the institutions most responsible for equipping children with the skills and self-confidence they need to become effective and justice-oriented change agents as adults?
Men like Mitt Romney and Herman Cain so bent extending business models to solve our complex social and economic problems? Anthropologists would say that they are engaging in a kind of ethnocentric thinking.