Cradle to Career
Every year, lawmakers state that fixing our systems of schooling and life-long education is a priority. And yet, each year, the problems facing our schools seem impossible. Though there are are a lot of ideas and proposals, we know for certain that any approach must be comprehensive and thoughtful—we can't be reactive, and we can't rush to get it done just to say we did it.
First, we must acknowledge that learning doesn't always follow a linear path, one that starts at kindergarten and ends with a 4-year post-secondary degree. Outdated assumptions about educational success hurt our ability to prepare learners, workers, and leaders for the future.
Instead, we have to address the need for pre-K education, an investment which has shown time and again to be more than worthwhile, and in ways to help students for whom college may not be the best track. Rather than insisting on the same tools and steps for every student, we have to take seriously our duty to responsibly invest in a vision for cradle to career success for all students, for re-engagement of parents and community, and for the recognition and retention of our best educators.