Fact Sheet We Can Make a Difference!
Do you have what it takes to be a teacher? Follow three aspiring teachers on a cross-country journey through the vast and varied world of education as they seek out the wisdom and personal stories of pioneering educators who are redefining what it means to teach.
As they talk with inspiring teachers, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and activists—including Compton Unified School District principal Jacqueline Sanderlin, National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and many more—the Roadtrippers understand the vast opportunities and vital need for passionate young people to teach the next generation.
Where to Watch: Roadtrip Nation
Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.
In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.
Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?
In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.
Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?
Where to Watch: Beyond the Race to Nowhere
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of Waiting for "Superman".
As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying drop-out factories and academic sinkholes, methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, and ultimately questioning the role of unions in maintaining the status quo, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have—in reshaping the culture—refused to leave their students behind.
Education has a far reaching impact beyond just preparing a a child for adulthood. Students are being prepped and educated as they grow and mature. These are a few things that are preventing students from reaching their full potential:
CBS Denver - 21 year old University of Colorado Boulder Student Maggie Grout has developed a way to quickly and efficiently build "thinking huts." Using 3D printing, the huts can be built using concrete and locally sources materials. They are modular so that more can be built depending on the needs. The topics taught in the school are going to be health, life skills, mathematics, science, and literacy. The first school is set to be built in Madagascar in November of 2021.
White House - In March, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan, which continues to provide immediate relief to American families and communities. Approximately 161 million payments of up to $1,400 per person have gone out to households and schools are reopening. The Rescue Plan is projected to lift more than five million children out of poverty this year, cutting child poverty by more than half. President Biden's American Families Plan will add at least 4 years of free education.
As access to high school became more widely available at the turn of the 20th Century, it made us the best-educated and best-prepared nation in the world. But everyone knows that 13 years is not enough today. The American Families Plan will make transformational investments from early childhood to postsecondary education so that all children and young people are able to grow, learn, and gain the skills they need to succeed. It will provide universal, high quality preschool to all three- and four- year-olds. It will provide Americans two years of free community college.
NPR - As part of President Biden's effort to clear claims in the borrower defense program, more than 18,000 load forgiveness claims are being approved for students of ITT Technical Institute. The load discharge will clear more than $500 million in debt. ITT Technical Institute shut down after under heavy sanctions from the Obama Administration, when ITT made "repeated and significant misrepresentations" about its ability to help students get jobs and that transfer credits were rarely accepted by other schools.
How to Get Involved
• Reduce class distinctions
• Stop the expansion of charter and private schools as it creates segregation in wealth classes
• Deprioritize test based funding
• Support Teachers financially
• Invest more resources for support in low-income, underfunded schools
• Dismantle the school to prison pipeline for students
Education Is a Vital Human Right
We believe that the best way to eradicate poverty is to ensure that all people have access to a quality education. That’s why buildOn partners with rural communities in developing countries, empowering local residents to build schools, enroll out-of-school children, and educate adult learners.
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