I want students from every school in the United States to experience the excitement of solving real-world science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) problems within the intensity of robotic sporting competitions, and to be recognized as heroes for their accomplishments.
There's a far more fundamental need that we continue to overlook and that is SLEEP. Most teens go to school sleep deprived. They frequently skip the first period because it's too early, or doze throughout the day.
Computer science (CS) education faces a crisis. The White House calls computer science "an economic and social imperative for the next generation of American students." Yet only 1 in 4 elementary and high schools teach programming.
In addition to being the critical pathway to college, graduating from high school means a lifetime of increased earnings, better health, decreased reliance on government assistance and crime, and higher levels of volunteering and other forms of civic engagement, compared to those who drop out.
My research has explored underserved youth's use of technology to discover and participate in content related to their interests. Having access only through their mobile devices means that low-income families and youth do not have the same access to the Internet as those with other Internet connections
A recent study has been released that says helicopter parenting, especially in schoolwork, might backfire when it comes to promoting student success.
This past weekend, the NextGenVest team headed to the Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. It was incredible to see an organization facilitate candid discussions about tough topics -- from the school to prison pipeline, to the need for more diverse educators.
This past November, students rallied on college campuses around the U.S. in the Million Student March to advocate for a minimum wage hike, free tuition and the cancellation of all student debt. We can all be encouraged by this revolution and hope more people will take up the cause.
There is more at stake here than the future of one author or one picture book. Most pressing is the question of whether we can ever reach a place in our society where questions of race can be openly and objectively discussed, especially with our children.
We have gotten used to hearing bad news about schools -- particularly schools that serve children from low-income families. And yet there is good news out there. Some educators really have figured out how to educate all kids to high levels.
The Every Student Succeeds Act may bring a breath of fresh air to teachers that need it most.
Over the past seven years, we've made great progress to improve child nutrition. Obesity rates have fallen and the bipartisan work of Congress has helped move the needle on child nutrition legislation.
Valentine's Day is this Sunday. If you are spending it thinking about effect sizes or research designs or education policy, shame on you. Unless, of course, that sort of thing turns you on.
Black suffering in schools is one manifestation of the anti-Blackness of our society, in which Black people are viewed with disgust and disdain, as non-humans worthy of violence and death. In schools, this anti-Blackness reveals itself first, in the deep-seated, but most often unconscious belief that Black children are uneducable. A problem. A waste of time and unworthy of resources.
As an 8-year-old I had my life planned out. I knew I was going to graduate high school, go to college, get my J.D., become a lawyer, get married, and live happily ever after. This is more or less what I perceived to be expected of me and I was prepared to make it happen.
Starting with this new proposal from HGSE, colleges are finally stepping up and saying that it is quality -- not quantity -- that matters. If your child can put their full efforts and commitment in any or all of the fields they are interested in versus just one, good for them