We Love Accountability. But Who’s Ensuring the Well-being of America’s Kids?

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The United States is afflicted by an inputs-outputs complex, complicated by our penchant for competition. Stuck with conventional metrics, we stint on the resources, expect stellar outcomes, and remain oblivious to the disconnect. Care, education, and health read as consumption, not investment, in our national accounting; production of the next generation has become a luxury item. Our children, and future, have been relegated to the bottom of the nation’s priority list.

The repercussions of our inaction could not be more serious. In this essay, originally published at Medium, Wendy Lazarus, director, and Laurie Lipper, chief consultant, . . . Read full article →

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Harriett Krein-Hart: A Bright Light on the Hudson

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When my firstborn was a toddler, his father and I began the search for child care. The project was daunting, the price tag exorbitant. To whom could we entrust our child? What were we looking for? Would we know the right program when we saw it? Would he be loved and treasured? The questions nagged at us as we moved through this agonizing rite of passage for the American parent.

We found Purple Circle, a parent cooperative established in 1972 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Soon, we were part of the village it takes to raise a child. . . . Read full article →

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Amber Scorah: A Grieving Mother's Call to Action for U.S. Parents

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Two Sundays ago, at 10:16 p.m., the weekend dead, and dread setting in, a text message arrived from my daughter-in-law. “I cannot believe the world we live in,” she wrote, with a link to a piece by Amber Scorah at the Motherlode.

I read “A Baby Dies at Day Care, and A Mother Asks Why She Had to Leave Him So Soon.”

Now, K.J. Dell’Antonia is not prone to sensationalism. No tabloid fodder for this smart, sensible journalist, mother of four, and editor of “adventures in parenting” for the New York Times.

But we . . . Read full article →

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Where's the Money to Help Every Child Achieve?

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The nation’s youngest children got the shaft. Again.

Everyone’s been on tenterhooks this week, awaiting the fate of the Every Child Achieves Act. Today, “yes” filled the Senate chamber, a bipartisan majority approving the very belated reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

Annual testing—the cause of great consternation—is still with us, alas. Federal sanctions have gone, leaving that business to the states. Private-school vouchers are out. The Secretary of Education can dictate neither curriculum, standards, nor tests, and is barred from tying test scores to teacher evaluations. As Diane Ravitch, the nation’s education historian-in-chief succinctly put . . . Read full article →

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