Women Who Inspire Us

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Women Who Inspire Us

Not many 21 year olds can claim to have gathered 2.5 million dollars to fund an idea that they could just not let go. Talk about inspiring! In her senior year at Princeton University, Wendy Kopp proposed the idea for Teach for America in her undergraduate thesis. She was sure that many of her peers were seeking to do something meaningful in their lives instead of rushing to a 6 figure job. Turns out, she was right.

A year later, in 1990, Kopp initiated Teach For America. That year, she started the program with 500 men and women who began teaching in needy communities. Fast forward to 15 years later and you will find that Teach For America has substantially grown. This organization now boasts 3,500 current members, in addition to, the more than 10,000 alumni.

Kopp shares her story in her book, One Day, All Children, part memoir, part guide book. Read it and perhaps you too will be inspired to follow your dreams.


Do you think our country's children are getting a better education now than they were 10 years ago?

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  • Flintstones1 By Flintstones1
    06.10.21  

    As an educator myself, I'm on the fence. I believe to much emphasis is placed on standardized testing and not enough on what will prepare them for the real world. I believe we as educators have to walk a type rope, constantly being scrutinized, all the while being overworked and underpaid. Teaching in an Urban school district, we're never rewarded with the same materials and supplies as our suburban counterparts. We're constantly having to use our own income to purchase these items. So yeah, I believe they're some awesome educators out there, doing the best they can, with what we have to work with, all while trying to keep our mental health in check.

  • askeens73 By askeens73
    05.25.21  

    I am reminded of the old saying "give a man a fish and he eats for a day-teach a man to fish and when can eat for a lifetime"  our children need to be taught life skills along with the current curriculum taught in most schools.  I would love to see a more of a movement like this that would reach children who may not have all of the amenities some do. It is our job to raise the next generation to be better than ours.

  • Stephmcl18 By Stephmcl18
    05.19.21  

    I think society as a whole has begun to stray away from teaching things that are meaningful. I think that now a day's we focus on frivolous subjects that have no actual knowledge begind them instead of teaching things that we need to know to survive in life. For instance how come in public school we are not tonight how to pay bills or how to balance a checkbook or how to establish good credit? Food for thought 
     

  • Stephmcl18 By Stephmcl18
    05.19.21  

    I think society as a whole has begun to stray away from teaching things that are meaningful. I think that now a day's we focus on frivolous subjects that have no actual knowledge begind them instead of teaching things that we need to know to survive in life. For instance how come in public school we are not tonight how to pay bills or how to balance a checkbook or how to establish good credit? Food for thought 
     

  • Azyet610 By Azyet610
    04.03.21  

    In some regards, yes...in others, no. Being in this pandemic era I am grateful for the technological accessibility, however, the great disparity that exists within our local school system shows that all education is not created equal

  • TRUPP22 By TRUPP22
    02.25.21  

    TEACHERS DESERVE TO MAKE THE BIG BUCKS, NOT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. SPORTS ARE OVERATED!!

  • NoodleD By NoodleD
    02.21.21  

    I feel there is a lack of good education for all of the diversity that we have in our country

  • susan1199 By susan1199
    01.30.21  

    I think that some of our country's children are getting a better education now than they were 10 years ago. Programs like Wendy Kopp's have helped tremendously in this area. Technology has also helped a great deal in this area. However, there are children that are suffering right now because of the dysfunction in their home and have been doing online learning. Many children have been really struggling with this. I hope our pandemic environment improves in 2021 for all of us, but especially for our children.

  • Dragonfish2 By Dragonfish2
    01.11.21  

    Today we have one of the highest dropout rates amongst highschool students and the ones that make it to college; a bit less than half actually finish and graduate. A lot has opened the door for change with all the advances in technology; creating a different learning experience, but unfortunately minority and low-income students are still less likely to have effective teachers than their peers.

  • Rpeeples By Rpeeples
    01.08.21  

    I do not feel like they are getting a better education today. In my county they seem to be teaching to take a test instead of teaching so the kids learn something.

  • Balyssa033 By Balyssa033
    01.04.21  

    Absolutely, as the world evolves as does education to things. Things that are relevant now were unknown 10 years ago. The world evolves as should we.

  • Kairaro By Kairaro
    12.29.20  

    Do you think people would stop living in the future?

  • Kairaro By Kairaro
    12.29.20  

    Do you think people would stop living in the future?

  • Neveragain By Neveragain
    12.28.20  

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  • nicolelc By nicolelc
    12.17.20  

    Would love to win this Thanks for the chance

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