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.
Our teachers come from an elite group -- college graduates -- to begin with. Where they rank within this elite is the issue, and it's simply unfair to suggest that a large group of people in the top third is somehow fundamentally flawed.
Founded in 1893, Brown School is one of the few private schools to integrate mindfulness -- the practice of cultivating awareness, attention, acceptance and non-judgement -- into its entire school curriculum.
Education reformers today can point to pockets of success and hopeful trends, but they have yet to produce a dramatic district turnaround -- that singular, watershed moment when the public sees and finally believes it can be done.
There are only two paths for Dr. James Ammons to handle the scandal that surrounds his beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University. He can ban the band for a minimum of four years, bringing a quick and reasonable start to the effort to end hazing within the band's ranks. Or he can resign.
A debate is raging over which set of economic proposals to pursue in order to rebuild the national economy. At the same time, K-12 education reformers are engaged in their own frantic search for the right recipe(s) that can unlock the full power of teaching and learning.