In America, a great public education is our primary opportunity agent for a better future. Yet as our economic struggles have reminded us, educational opportunity and economic prospects are inextricably linked.
Given the wealth of diversity in our nation's public schools, instructional theory is advocating a shift toward a pedagogy that emphasizes an academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races, beliefs, and creeds.
In the face of our enormous economic success, why are we so deficient in dealing with the health of our infants and the population as a whole or in educating our children, in comparison with other countries in the world?
Given that spending thousands of millions of additional dollars hasn't noticeably improved outcomes... why keep spending it? If we really care about children's education, the way to show it is by ensuring that every dollar we spend actually accomplishes something.
Just 8 percent of the graduates of the Chicago public schools are college-ready. That's 8 percent of a population already narrowed down by attrition -- only 57 percent of students in Chicago finish school.