January 2012 Archives

The State Of The Union is Bleeding Out

How do we stop the bleeding? The non-stop drip of one teenager dropping out of high school every 26 seconds? What would it take to keep 1.2 million teenagers in school who would otherwise walk out this year and never come back? At last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed making every state require students to stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18. That is a common-sense idea and a wise default position, but it is nothing more than life support. The truth is that many students drop out mentally long before ...

Wisdom From Dr. King Helps Center My Education Activism

Like many of you, I spent some time on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday reflecting on his life and legacy. I attended a commemoration service with my two little girls, and I listened to a choir sing the old Negro spirituals. I sang along and shed some tears. Like many of you, Dr. King is my hero. I left wondering what Dr. King would say about the state of racial affairs in America today. I wondered what he would say about our educational system, in particular. At 83, would an older, wiser Dr. King schedule another March on ...

Our Children Are But Grass, So Let's Stop Fighting!

"When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers." - an African proverb. I am relatively new to the world of education policy. I entered the arena two years ago through Teach Plus, a non-profit organization that aims to offer leadership opportunities to high quality teachers with at least three years urban teaching experience. Through Teach Plus, I have collaborated with a wide array of teachers with different experiences and perspectives on key issues. I had hopes of sharing the successes and failures from working in high-poverty urban schools with education policymakers. I had hopes of studying education research and then ...


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