Women Who Inspire Us

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Women Who Inspire Us
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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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  • Butterflylover By Butterflylover

    NONONO  More maybe but less respect for life. Most kids today cant write know history. Have no respect for the people who started this nation.Also I think teachers get tooooo many freebies. Pharmacy no pay due, next $300.00 die. Hospitals same. Too much for not teaching the real life story.

  • Jessicahtxx By Jessicahtxx

    I believe they are. My son is in the first grade and doing it virtually and he's able to do a lot more than I did when I was his age. With all the technology we have he's able to learn on his own without his teacher. 

  • DeLoreanGirl By DeLoreanGirl

    No! Definitely not! For starters, Common Core is a joke! History class has become overly fixated on the Holocaust and demonizes the German people. The integration of technology into the classroom has added a whole new set of problems; giving children crappy Chrome books and mandating they do their work on those is total bs. Not to mention the invasion of privacy on the school owned devices. I'm also sick of schools preaching that children have to accept everyone, and seem to forget freedom of religion. Don't teach my child that there's more than two genders or that two mommies or two daddies are OK. These subjects are not appropriate for school.

  • Maripzs By Maripzs

    I can't say yes/no to this question because ten years ago we didn't have the same technologies that we had today. Those technologies help us in a positive and negative way. For example with the news technologies we can learn everywhere without having to be precisely in a class.  However,  some technology such as the Ipad have replaced many things such as writing on notebook. This answer is related to the news technologies that teachers implement in some schools. I do not generalize. 

  • ladybug27 By ladybug27

    I do think our country is getting a better education now than 10 years ago. It is hard to go to school beyond high school because college is so expensive and yes you can get loans etc but to pay those back can be hard. 

  • Tinaf1221 By Tinaf1221

    I don't have children in school yet however I do have niece's and nephew's that are school age and I believe they are getting a much better education now then 10 years ago.

  • Tinaf1221 By Tinaf1221

    I don't have children in school yet however I do have niece's and nephew's that are school age and I believe they are getting a much better education now then 10 years ago.

  • 154535251545321 By 154535251545321

    Absolutely they are getting a much better education now than they were 10 years ago! Many schools now acknowledge, accept, and encourage that not all children learn the same, and make accommodations for each child. The usage of technology in the classroom has multiplied exponentially, to the benefit of every child. They are teaching several different methods to solve problems, as well as critical thinking skills. 

  • bucketlady By bucketlady

    As an educator, I believe the students are getting an excellent education.  The technology they are taught is astounding!

  • newseason7 By newseason7

    I believe the style of teaching has changed due to electronics. Hence, more of a opportunity to explore more information at fingertips. However, the style 10 years ago would be more hands on help from teacher. ie; cursive handwriting, math techniques to remember certain rules before moving foward and any other hand on example. I believe 10 years ago has more of effect to stay embedded because of the quality of time spent going over material.

  • jannat By jannat

    I would like to say that for sure our children are getting advanced education, but when it comes to better than that's something we are yet lacking. our schools are still not progressive and still to this day mental health and issues related to it are not taught to our children. schools are now more than ever burdening the kids with textbook work there is no character building going on.

  • Nozzie By Nozzie

    I think they are getting a better education now, but the dynamics have changed and we may not necessarily see the effects because of changes in technology, education policies, living circumstances, the availability of options and so on. A better education should naturallly translate to better living conditions all round, improved decision making and solutions for the less fortunate, a reduction in crime and unemployment, as well as poverty figures- but this is not necessarily the case.  


  • madelinesc4 By madelinesc4

    The average child does not receive quality education but receives a quantity of information. As technology has advanced there are more opportunities in this field than there were 10 years ago. Students are overworked and overloaded.  

  • MoocherMaeve By MoocherMaeve

    Education is a hard one to pin point whether they're getting a better education or not. Because there, to me, is a difference between getting a good education and being provided with a good education. As this implies that you could be given the opportunity but not taking it. So I would have to say that I wouldn't know how to begin answering that question.

  • MXperson By MXperson

    Does our country's children are getting a better educaton than ten years ago? No. maybe more gadets, more social activities. more work and less time to do it in.

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