The German model is akin to the vision Obama articulated in his speech: high-end manufacturing that we export to the world. It's a good vision. High-end manufacturing should be a core part of our economy.
Politicians don't seem to mind that they are eating America's seed corn. Obviously they got their education. Besides when it is time for children to vote, they will be long gone from the political arena.
"One can become bilingual at any time during one's life -- as a child, as an adolescent, or as an adult. There is no upper age limit for acquiring a new language and then continuing one's life with two or more languages."
When Marge introduced me, she was true to form. I winced as she laid out all her objections and doubts about the book in excruciating detail. "Oh boy, what kind of night is this going to be?" I thought.
This is not just a story of the resiliency of children and adults in distressed communities. It is a moment that demonstrates how important it is for educators -- and students and families -- to communicate and collaborate with each other to promote learning.
In their "Voices of a Nation" discussion, young people provided insight into their own experiences with education and what they think needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education.
As a City College Board Trustee, I have always advocated for the students that need and rely on City College the most: young men and women who are struggling to make ends meet while working toward their degree.