Generation YES founder and CEO Dennis Harper is profiled in the latest post on 5 Things I’ve Learned, a collection of personal reflections from education leaders devoted to improving the fortunes of others through learning.
Here’s #1: Kids are here now.
Yes, kids are our future but they are also here now. For the most part, schools ignore what students can do now. Take the case of three fourteen year olds: Jordan Romero scaled Mt. Everest and the highest peak on each continent, Alexander the Great ruled over the largest empire in history, and Anne Frank wrote a diary that has sold 30 million copies. Schools are full of students with similar capabilities but they are held back by “standardized” tests and “common” core. Schools that trust and empower students are the ones that will make all our futures better.