The type of public school – traditional or charter – is not where we should be spending our energy.
In an inter-connected global world, every child should have the opportunity for a high quality international education. Current and future generations will be better prepared if they are "world citizens" that are able to study, live and work internationally.
If you hope your child might be a great scientist, let her loose in the woods for hours every day. The greatest irony of the current, uniform approach to education is that it deprives children of the very experiences that are conveyed in the symbolic notations they are supposed to care about!
PISA's just-published report, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence, gives a much-needed update on the status of gender in education today. Francesca Borgonovi (PISA Analyst) and Marilyn Achiron (Education Editor) compiled and wrote the PISA findings. To discuss the report further, I invited them to share perspectives.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's that being an influential leader and/or a billionaire doesn't automatically mean that you can identify, fund and support educational solutions that make any sense.
That huge sucking sound you hear is Republicans trying to control their laughter. The two groups duking it out over education are largely within the Democratic Party.