Charts: “The United States once led the world in educating large numbers of its citizens, but that is no longer true. Compared with most other advanced industrial nations, the United States ranks near the bottom in the share of its working-age citizens who surpass the educational attainment of their parents. (via the NYT A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income)
For America’s public schools, studies show leadership matters — especially at theprincipal level and, not surprisingly, when it comes to teachers.
But what about public education’s de facto CEOs — school district superintendents? They often get lots of media attention, are in charge of big budgets and, in theory, set the educational agenda. Some go on to lead the federal Department of Education, notably Arne Duncan and Rod Paige. Other superintendents are either hailed as saviors or vilified (or both, in the case of the former Washington, D.C., chancellor, Michelle Rhee.)
Magazines: The Parenting Trap Vanity Fair 2012 “The biggest problem kids face is the byzantine education-industrial complex known as school, which ruins the most carefree and memorable years of their lives.”
As an art director in the 1970s, Cathy Goldsmith worked with Dr. Seuss. She tells NPR’s Lauren Migaki how the writer would come into the office to introduce his new books:
He would gather everybody in a conference room. And first he would read the words to you aloud, and then he would show you the pictures. … It was fabulous ‘cause you would meet that book — not exactly the way a reader would meet it because it hadn’t all been pulled together yet — but you had that sense of discovery.