The key to all of this is to create these kinds of environments in the places where people naturally go. If you offer the kinds of stimulation that often happens for free in middle-income or upper-income environments … in underserved communities, imagine what we could do.
"We have been in Central America for a long time. It’s not just money that has made us effective in the region — there is a lot of hard-earned experience, trial and error, and institution building that is slowly reaping results. The worst thing that could happen now is to go back to zero."
"Cutting aid to Central American countries would be a mistake, since U.S. aid dollars fund programs that reduce violence, strengthen the justice system, and encourage investment that make them more attractive places for their citizens."
One of the biggest concepts is breadth. Learning isn't just K-12. It starts prenatally. If you get a read on what your children are and aren't being exposed to at school, that will suggest the kinds of experiences you want your children to have outside of school.
There’s always a lot of creativity in how education is delivered. A school could be under a tree, could be inside someone’s home. It could be in a mosque or a church, it could be anywhere young people can gather safely with adults who can instruct them.
From the learning sciences literature we know that kids can learn small things, like addition and subtraction, on the way to big things — like creativity and collaboration. We're not doing poor kids any favors by the drill-and-kill method.