U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.
While in Tucson I made it a point to arrive early and observe and engage with some of the Migrant Ed teachers and trainers. What I encountered only reinforced my opinion of Migrant Ed/Head Start programs. It is not the program but the people who made a difference.
If teachers avoid addressing misconceptions, or omit important topics in the classroom out of fear, this becomes education to the lowest common denominator, putting lawsuit anxiety -- rather than education quality -- in control.
So we shouldn't just endorse the ideal. That's meaninglessly easy. More of us should be investing in education, not just for our own children, but for tens of millions of children in countries like Haiti where their potential isn't being nurtured.
When Obama announces his new jobs program, ironically after Labor Day, it needs to include education and workforce training for the some 30 million American adults that have a below third grade reading level.
The world is pretty small when you're locked up, especially if you're a kid doing time with a healthy body that needs to move as you struggle with those nagging teenage questions, "Who am I?" "Why me?"