We are a highly moral country. We decry torture, we decry discrimination, we decry exploitation, and we decry political suppression wherever in the world it occurs. Then why should we not decry the terror of gun violence?
It was autumn 1968. The election cycle was in full swing and I was running for president. My opponents were formidable: Shirley Smart, the most apt to do the job and Edgar Eager, with a better campaign strategy.
I received an email about a college prep lecture for parents and children. It had a bold title like "College Prep From K thru 12: It's Never To (sic) Early To Start". Besides the fear factor, I was also struck by the typo, but that's another story.
The results of the 2012 poll were released a couple of weeks ago, and this year's review was no different for me -- our schools need innovation, but what path do we choose when our own opinions seem to contradict each other.
A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.
In real life, your child's tormentor might be a 6-year-old girl sporting dimples and a laugh that peals like a church bell. And your child might not flee from her, but instead run into her arms for a hug, ready to play, hoping every time that it won't devolve into intimidation and hurt feelings.
The members of this small sample of young people are looking forward to the school year ahead, and focused on what they get to do in their world, just as we focus on many of the same questions, all year round, in ours.
For the past few years we have had an increasing number of elementary schools contact us with reports that their teachers and school staff were "freaking out." The cause for alarm? The new enrollment of a transgender child or the gender transition of an already-enrolled student.
For all the functional objects schools might request, the most crucial tools for your child are not physically tangible all, but rather values that will influence every moment of the school day -- and not only for them.
Last night, I packed her Hello Kitty lunchbox carefully -- cucumbers, cherries, yogurt, and a peanut butter sandwich, cut into bite-sized hearts and flowers, hoping the hearts would remind her that she is loved. Somehow, it didn't seem enough.
Helping children understand in the early years of schooling that there is not just one "right" way to be a boy or a girl will open up opportunities for each child to explore their education more fully.