I visited the Sojourner Truth Academy for ninth-graders on Friday, June 18. When I asked a student who gave me a tour of the building what the best part of school was for him, he told me: "the teachers... but they're all leaving."
Leadership isn't becoming the CEO or the few percent who will end up in big leadership positions. We are talking about leading your own life, being a leader among your friends, being a leader in your own family.
From the accepted view that Black and Latino students will do worse than their White peers, two educational systems have emerged in America: one for White students, and another for students of color. But what would happen if we expected more from our youth?
The answers to improving education have to be holistic, and local. President Obama's good intentions of setting a tone unfortunately will not translate into more success until we deal with the whole puzzle.
Tthe Common Core Standards released contain a notable omission: social studies. That's because the thorniest debates start when you start tinkering with that age-old question of who gets to write history.
America's public school system is in shambles, and the poorest kids are the only ones underneath the rubble. Now, it is the duty of the administration to fix America's destroyed public education system.
Something has broken apart in our society. While testing is a reasonable component of the education process, pretending that evaluation is a hard science -- that you can reduce a child's mental growth to a statistic -- is not.
Last week, President Obama defended the firing of every single teacher in a struggling high school in Rhode Island. Yes, America has found a new boogeyman to blame for our crumbling educational system.