Our Children Can’t Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America
Chapter one serves as an introduction to the book, describing the importance of considering in-school (e.g., educator training, curriculum, assessments) and out-of-school factors (e.g., neighborhood conditions, environmental factors, health, and housing) simultaneously when creating education policy.
“We expect young people to leave their challenges neatly outside the schoolhouse door. This reality is true for other policy areas outside of education that often haven’t been linked to an education agenda. This includes health services that can be made more readily available to families in schools and school systems, city transportation planning that prioritizes school routes, preventing student exposure to environmental pollutants and affordable housing strategies that seek to dismantle heavily segregated, under-resourced neighborhoods. Each represents key investments to support greater mobility for families and to change the trajectory for future generations.”