It is people like Geoffrey Canada, founder of the now-famous Harlem Children's Zone, who see problems and determine to try to fix them, that are shaping the landscape of social entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
Increasingly privatized education -- with charters, consultants and competition -- offers more opportunities for investment and profit-making. Its proponents have a special and vested interest in the policies they promote.
Here in the U.S. successful parenting remains the most powerful weapon we have to combat many of society's larger problems, and many assume that it's a skill that comes naturally. But just like what you learn in college, it's doesn't.
For our inaugural Good Men of the Year list, we're not celebrating memorable personalities or newly-minted pop culture icons. This was a year of unprecedented challenges, and it cried out for good men.
The failures in American education are due to fundamental aspects of American society -- our religiosity, spirituality, and irrationality, and our failure to integrate African-Americans into the mainstream.
If Ms. Black were a Steve Jobs, a visionary manager and innovator, then of course New Yorkers would be thrilled that a newcomer to education was arriving. Instead she is an executive from a dying industry -- publishing.
As pundits, influencers and personalities debate, shouldn't we hear more from the minds to be molded? How do our students feel about their ability to compete, our ability to compete and the role of the education system?