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More than 56 million students enter a K-12 classroom each year with the desire to learn, grow and succeed. With a quickly evolving world, it’s time to rethink our approach to education from the ground up. Let’s provide all students the opportunity to discover their unique talents.
Let’s unleash the knowledge of teachers and communities to address the needs of our children.
An effective education taps into the inner motivations of students, enabling them to develop the knowledge and skills that will lead to fulfillment and success in their lives. Whenever and wherever we encounter barriers to effective education, we must work together to discover and implement better approaches that benefit and empower both students and educators.
By working together, we will find solutions that best meet the needs of our communities. Citizens in each state know how to best provide all students the opportunity to develop their talents, find fulfillment in their lives, and improve their communities.
We are eager to work with anyone who shares our passion for advancing educational opportunities based on three principles:
Political affiliations and misguided commitment to standardized solutions have impeded our ability to unite and realize true change. We must acknowledge that a quality education can happen in any school model – including public or private schools, charter or homeschools, virtual schools, and ways yet to be imagined. Yesterday’s assumptions should not determine tomorrow’s opportunities.
Education has the power to transform lives and communities. We envision a future in which all students have access to a quality education that enables them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a fulfilling and successful life.
Transformation is never an easy road, but we can all agree that we can and must improve educational opportunities for each and every child – and the time to start making a change is now.
Meredith Olson is the leader of the K-12 education initiative at The Seminar Network Institute and Andrew Clark is a state director at Americans for Prosperity.