Children the victims of a stalling Legislature; fix education-funding crisis now

4717403c-c622-11e5-91a1-8b45811710be-1020x655The Seattle Times Editorial Board posted an article about how “Washington’s state Senate is pursuing wise accountability measures as it works on the state’s education-funding crisis. But it cannot allow the fix to be delayed further, shortchanging another entering class of students.”

People ask what we can do about this: write letters to your legislature or even more simply, vote. Vote for individuals who will make education a priority.

Book Report: I Am Malala

51dVLcrS0gL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Chances are you have heard of Malala Yousafzai. She is the Pakistani girl who is an advocate for girls’ right to education and was shot by the Taliban. Since then she has written a book, received a Nobel Peace Prize and created a foundation in her name… and she is still only 18 years old. I am beyond inspired by her life story, her courage, and her relentless pursuit for the right of girls and women to receive an education. I Am Malala is a book that will change your life forever. Malala has become a symbol of hope in a world ravaged by violence and brutality.

I also would like to highlight a recently published FastCompany article (photo cred) that talks more about the foundation in what they have been able to accomplish under the leadership of Meighan Stone, President of the Malala Foundation.

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State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional

Employees of Washington Commercial Painters enter the Summit Sierra charter school as they retouch the interior during after hours, Friday, September 4, 2015. After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday afternoon that charter schools are not constitutional.

Friday, the Washington State Supreme Court overturned a law voted in 2012 that allowed for the public-funded support of charter schools for reasons of unconstitutionality.

“Justice Mary E. Fairhurst agreed with the majority that charter schools aren’t common schools, but argued in a partial dissenting opinion that the state “can constitutionally support charter schools through the general fund.” -The Seattle Times

Shouldn’t we explore any and all areas for opportunity for growth and improvement in the public education system? Shouldn’t we welcome new challenges? When there is a waitlist for charter schools, don’t we owe it to the children to ensure everyone has that opportunity? I mean isn’t that what this is all about anyway: the kids?

I still wholeheartedly do not like the fact that this means funds are diverted from public schools who also need them, and it sets a dangerous precedence for what public schools could become (i.e. the “bad” option), but the answer is not by remaining stagnant, we need radical reform and we need it now.

Private Education in Poor Countries

20150801_LDP001_0This is worth a read: today The Economist featured The $1-a-week School about the politics involved in the crumbling and seemingly unfix-able issue of viable education in poor countries.

“By and large, politicians and educationalists are unenthusiastic. Governments see education as the state’s job. Teachers’ unions dislike private schools because they pay less and are harder to organise in. NGOs tend to be ideologically opposed to the private sector. The UN special rapporteur on education, Kishore Singh, has said that “for-profit education should not be allowed in order to safeguard the noble cause of education”.

This attitude harms those whom educationalists claim to serve: children.”

10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter

10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter

“Organizations like TED and Khan Academy are pushing education farther into the 21st century with online lecture series and interactive lessons (check out TED-Ed if you haven’t already).

But YouTube hosts its own stable of educational channels with hundreds of videos apiece, just waiting to blow your mind. The people behind these videos are asking big questions about the universe — or doing their best to answer your burning queries. In the realms of science, math, history, law and any number of subjects you snoozed through in school, creative geniuses are making the most of the medium.”