The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.
Read the BBA Mission Statement and Accountability Statement to learn more. Use the BBA short video and infographic to spread the word. Access the new BBA report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement, here. And access our April 2013 report, Market-Oriented Reforms' Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and executive summary, here.
Quality early childhood education prepares children for kindergarten and establishes a strong, rich foundation for later development and learning.
Health and nutrition supports ensure that children come to school immunized, well fed, and without toothaches or acute asthma attacks that prevent them from focusing and learning.
After- and summer-school enrichment provides space to do and help with homework, adult support and mentoring, and the academic, cultural, and recreational activities that are needed to develop creative thinkers, informed voters, and civic leaders.
Accountability systems support and enhance good teaching and leadership and offer effective ways of identifying excellent teachers to mentor peers and weak teachers who should switch jobs.
The BBA Bibliography provides synopses of seminal research works that demonstrate how living in poverty impedes educational attainment and the efficacy of a broader, bolder approach to education.
“ Without the resources to support children or a strategy to protect children from the harmful effects of dangerous and even toxic conditions in their communities, schools can be overwhelmed.
From A broader and bolder approach uses education to break the cycle of poverty by Pedro Noguera
View the full BBA Bibliography
As Andrew Delbanco all but says in the New York Times Review of Books, the biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction. Rhee uses her book to promote herself and her agenda, which she fervently insists will close achievement gaps with no basis in either scholarly or historical fact. Ravitch, in contrast, offers a comprehensive, evidence-based critique of the education reforms advanced in Radical and proposals that scholars note will substantially improve education.
In addition to the high-profile original signatories, many of whom helped to draft BBA's mission statement, hundreds of people from across the country who agree with BBA’s mission continue to sign on. Join them!