Racing to the Top and Leaving the Impoverished at the Bottom

Tyler IzuagieCommunity, Education, Equity, Learning, Policy, Student, Whole Child

Poverty cripples societal advancement. When prevalent in the richest nation in the world, it becomes mindboggling. Why are so many individuals struggling under the weight of poverty in America? Why is nearly 1 in every 4 children considered impoverished in this land of Race to the Top? Are we racing to the top of the wrong metric? ┬áMy hat goes … Read More

What We Want To Interrupt

Jason FlomLearning, Policy, Student, Whole Child

In an excerpt from an interview with a “young adolescent in jail for selling drugs,” author Thomas J. Cottle lays bare the nuanced complexity of educating youth who have a fragile, if any, grip on hope. Two moments pulled from his post illustrate, at a minimum, problems with the lesson our system implicitly teaches students: “Smart” is defined by traditional … Read More