An excellent explanation of Adverse Childhood Experiences from Oprah Winfrey and CBS. I am so proud to be working with the Priority Schools Initiative in NJ, where this will be a central focus of our continuing work.
It’s always rewarding to co-host with my friend and colleague Rich Wilson … but today was extra special. Conversations with 20+ dynamic youngsters at the NJ GSA Forum. They dove right in, shared their stories, made new friends, and created action steps for themselves.
Can’t say enough about Dylan Marron and his podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me. His strategy of holding space for people who have published racist and homophobic things about him is evidence that there is incredible power in having these conversations, if only we are willing to engage.
Amazing proaction café as a follow up to last spring’s idea generation to support the LGBTQ+ community. Great conversations with definitive action items to push the work forward. The wisdom is in the room!
Yup, taking the whole family to Nashville to see the eclipse. Came across this video, so now we’re really getting excited!
“When you have an established scientific emergent truth, it is true whether or not you believe in it.”
I am a staunch supporter of equal access to high quality education for all students. That being said, as I work with schools around the United States, I am gravely concerned that we’ve departed from the notion of free and appropriate public education for all students by tinkering with the system to such an extent that it is now designed to provide advantages to a few while leaving many wanting. The reality is that all schools must consider themselves as market competitors, regardless of where their funding comes from.
We began moving away from the “public” in public education a long time ago. In fact, treating public schools like a business these days is largely a matter of fact in many places. Parents have pushed for school-choice policies that encourage shopping for public schools that they hope will give their children an advantage and for the expansion of charter schools that are run by private organizations with public funds. Large numbers of public schools have selective admissions policies that keep most kids out. And parents pay top dollar to buy into neighborhoods zoned to “good” public schools that can be as exclusive as private ones. The glaring reality is, whether we are talking about schools or other institutions, it seems as if we have forgotten what “public” really means …
Even when they fail, the guiding values of public institutions, of the public good, are equality and justice. The guiding value of the free market is profit …
Democracy works only if those who have the money or the power to opt out of public things choose instead to opt in for the common good. It’s called a social contract, and we’ve seen what happens in cities where the social contract is broken: White residents vote against tax hikes to fund schools where they don’t send their children, parks go untended and libraries shutter because affluent people feel no obligation to help pay for things they don’t need.
If there is hope for a renewal of our belief in public institutions and a common good, it may reside in the public schools. Nine of 10 children attend one, a rate of participation that few, if any, other public bodies can claim, and schools, as segregated as many are, remain one of the few institutions where Americans of different classes and races mix …
“Welcome to the U.S. teaching force, where the “I’m outta here” rate is an estimated 8 percent a year — twice that of high-performing countries like Finland or Singapore. And that 8 percent is a lot higher than other professions.
The teaching force is “a leaky bucket, losing hundreds of thousands of teachers each year — the majority of them before retirement age,” says a recent report from the Learning Policy Institute.
…overall, teachers and researchers say, educators want a bigger voice in school policies and plans. Many feel left out of key discussions.”