In our politically turbulent times during which we are inundated with conspiracy theories, identity politics, tribalism, overwhelming political correctness, extremism, fake news, social media dictates, and so much more, America is… failing our children, our future. How do we address the needs of our children that are getting lost within our confusion and tumult?
So, here it goes:
I want to advocate for education reform on a more nuanced platform to cultivate rich discussions that our diverse education system requires. However, on Monday evening, September 30, as I was being interviewed by Lars Larson, a nationally syndicated conservative radio host with 3 million listeners, I realized that I must be far more blunt to cut through the noise.
The following are the 8 lessons, tenets, principles, initiatives, mandates, fixes that I have gleaned from 12+ years of education research and both personal and professional experiences having worked and educated 3 children in 5 cities around the globe. We lived in Hong Kong (2006-2010), Shanghai (2010-2012), Tokyo (2012-2016), Palo Alto (2016-2018), New York City (2018-today) during which time I was a parent, education journalist, education consultant for international students seeking placement at US universities and author.
These cities are the leaders of our global economy, and those in East Asia have the highest academic standings according to the OECD PISA exam, a test administered every 3 years to 15-year-olds across 70+ participating countries and economies; it tests for reading, math and science. The US scores fall in the middle of the pack and are falling year after year.
Share this and get the word out, whether you agree or disagree. Have these conversations with your children’s teachers (past and present), friends, family, school board members, book club groups, personal and professional clubs and networks, neighbors, coaches, babysitters, counselors, Parent-Teacher Associations, librarians, principals, politicians, legislators, Facebook groups, social media accounts, administrators and work colleagues.
Read World Class for an in-depth understanding (with a side of humor) on how we can raise more resilient, compassionate and academically high-achieving students who will one day be able to participate successfully in our increasingly competitive global economy.
And, email or tag me to continue the discussion, build momentum, strategize, debate.
Do not sit silently as our children fall silently behind.