Week eighteen
Rethinking Education 

For decades, education advocates have called for reform in our country's education system. Since the early 1980s, the challenge to rethink the model has been brewing, giving prominence to changes in the ecosystem of educational options. (1) Museum President Terri Lee Freeman continues her discussion of quality education and our MLK50 theme, "Where Do We Go from Here?" in Part 2 of three videos.  

As students head back to school for the 2017-2018 academic year, it's time to rethink how best t o ensure quality education for all and to improve communities.

Museum President Terri Lee Freeman speaks education and
Museum President Terri Lee Freeman speaks on quality education and "Where Do We Go from Here?"

(1)   A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform, National Commission on Excellence in Education, April 1983

Longer School Year? Longer School Days?
  1. It's not just about quantity; it's about QUALITY!  Read a New York Times story on how a longer school year has impacted some students, families and education systems across the country. Where do you stand on a longer school year?
  2. Students sound off in this video by National Center on Time & Learning on what longer school days with tutoring and enrichment programs meant to them. 
  3. Watch this video of  WLWT Cincinnati news report on parents's reaction to a 2009 U.S. Education initiative for a longer school year and school day.
  4. What does a longer school day schedule mean for teachers and school budgets? Learn what schools with longer schedules are doing by reading the Center for American Progress' report on "Reimagining the School Day."  How would you support longer school days for students in your local school system?  Share what a longer school day & year would look like in your area in our 50 Weeks of Action Facebook Group.

Make This School Year Your Best Yet! 

(For Elementary School Students)

Watch this Soul Pancake video,  Kids President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students .   Ask your teacher to watch this video with the class, (if time allows) or with you after school.

(For Middle and High School Students)

Watch What You Really Need to Hear , by Chase Mielke.
Although academics are of utmost importance, the teacher said that conquering adversity and learning how to problem solve are also skills that you will need throughout your life.
In the Maroon Tiger, the Morehouse College Student Paper, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote,  "The function of education... is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically...Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
What do you think Dr. King meant when he said that?   Is it surprising that he wrote this as a college student? 

As you begin another school year, consider what are your goals in education? 
Once you know those goals, go out and achieve them!  

(For Families)

Please check out Scholastic Parent's blog: 3 Superstar Tips to Starting the School Year Off Right.
Click  here  for a list of books for the first weeks of school for young children.

For ideas on how to change your school for the better, click below.

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