Education played a crucial role in the 2018 elections and there was a significant amount of success for education-minded candidates.
Phil Bredesen is running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, Bredesen helped push his state's academic standards from one of the worst in the country to one of the best. He has also put a focus on career prep for students.
It is about time companies like Facebook help educate young Americans. Their new site The Digital Literacy Library helps prepare young students with the skills needed to thrive online. Young people face many difficulties online – social media addiction, cyberbullying, and privacy concerns. Thank you Facebook for finally being part of the solution, not the problem!
Emerging new “empathy technologies” such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and social media are poised to transform the way we educate through more personal interactions that account for every student’s unique personality, learning style, and interests. Our great country is having an empathy crises, we are more polarized than ever. While social media has led to disconnected “echo chambers”, these three promising technologies use storytelling to highlight all we have in common, as human beings, as peers, and as Americans.
Debbie Stabenow is running for re-election in Michigan for U.S. Senate. Her education platform calls for training students for careers while in high school. Her approach to education is exactly what EducateU.S. is fighting for and will ensure a GREAT FUTURE for our young people!
Beto O'Rourke is running for U.S. Senate in Texas. His education platform calls for providing more federal funding towards underserved Texans to attain a quality education. His EQUITABLE approach towards education is what we need to succeed.
Gwen Graham is running on a platform that prioritizes education. Her unique approach to changing her state’s education system is extremely compatible with EducateU.S.’s philosophy. She has previously sponsored legislation that would extend career & technical training in middle schools and wants to introduce educations tracks as governor. Graham is the perfect education candidate for governor of Florida!
Mary Gay Scanlon has been fighting for children’s access to quality public education for decades. As President of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board, a public education advocate, the parent of public school students, and the founder of a career development program for students in the Philadelphia public schools, Mary Gay has firsthand knowledge of the issues and has worked on solutions to the problems in our public education system. We need to support innovation and excellence in public education, while protecting it from attempts by Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration to undermine or dismantle it.
The disparate funding for public schools and between states and within metropolitan areas has turned some public schools into meccas for affluent students and others into decaying infrastructures with overcrowded classrooms and soaring drop-out rates.
LeBron James recently set up the I Promise School to educate low-income students in Akron, Ohio from disadvantaged backgrounds. This school is more unique than many - with longer school days, enhanced STEM focus, and community support to alleviate stress the students may face at home. This is similar to the Knowledge is Power model (KIPP) that has successfully set up charter schools across the nation. Thank you LeBron!