More and more research was published supporting the view that, yes, our students need good schools, but if we're truly serious about providing them with genuine opportunities, what really needs to happen are major economic and political changes.
It's time to change the way professional developers do business, because we're increasingly finding ourselves in the same marketplace. Before any revolutions occur, however, we have to get serious about managing the quality of our trainings.
Art in schools has demonstrated the power to foster in students a social and emotional intelligence through craft making, play and storytelling that augments the learning process of more structured subjects like math, reading and science.
The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.
The problem at meetings such as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education conference is that they tend to be "anti" meetings that do not present a clear alternative agenda defining what participants believe is the role public education should play in a democratic society.
When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.
I teach my own kids lots of things. I teach them how to empty the dishwasher and that smelling like trash isn't a good way to make friends, and gossiping isn't a good way to keep them. I teach them every moment I am with them, only it's not math. It's just life stuff. Life stuff is good.
Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended upon Littleton Elementary School in Lee County, Fla., this past holiday season.
Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.