Archive for December, 2012

“Improving Education Involves Everyone”

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The New Haven Register published “Improving Education Involves Everyone” – by a Literacy Coalition board member on the complementary roles of teachers, parents, and community organizations in supporting students’ success in school.

Nicholas Kristof, Reading Is Fundamental

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Nicholas Kristof, in a recent New York Times column, reflected on “the vast amount of human potential globally that is available if we can nurture and stimulate kids who now get neglected.”  He observed, “Some 61 million children around the world still don’t attend even primary school, and President Obama in his 2008 campaign was right to propose a global education fund, in part as an alternative to extremist religious schools.”

Kristof continued, “The even greater challenge is nation-building at home at a time when funding for schools is being slashed, about 7,000 high school students drop out every day, and there are long waits to get into early-childhood-enrichment programs like Head Start. Literacy programs can help break cycles of poverty and unleash America’s potential — and a single F-35 fighter could pay for more than four years of the Reading Is Fundamental program in the entire United States.  As we make hard budget choices, let’s remember that the essential fact of the world is that talent is universal and opportunity is not.”

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