Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of forest canopy biology. Simply put, we're missing out on a tremendous number of great minds.
We must listen to all students, regardless of what they look like, their ethnicity, or their sociocultural backgrounds. They remind us of why we are lifelong learners. Meaningful dissent can be the foundation for meaningful change. If we want problem solvers in our society, then we must let all students consider (openly) when things are and are not working.
The debate over the future of our public schools should not be about a small number of individuals who benefit from a polarized debate. Too much has been written about political and local leaders (myself included). This work is not about me, or politicians, or newsmakers. It is about our incredible students.