In contrast to education "reformers" such as Joel Klein who support increased spending on charter schools, testing, and performance-based rewards, the BBA calls for a redirection of funds towards early-childhood education, health care, and other social supports.
Data suggests that better schools do not address the problem of under achievement. Instead, resources should be directed towards a broader, bolder approach, incorporating childcare, parental support, and community involvement.
Two sides of the education policy debate are outlined, one side holding schools primarily responsible for student achievement, and the other side (represented by the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education) which views out-of-school factors as well as school effectiveness as determinants of student achievement.
David Brooks outlines the two sides of the education policy debate, the "reformers" who insist that in-school changes alone can make a difference and these changes should be based on data, and the "status quo" who advocate a borader, bolder approach to education. Obama's education policies are discussed in these terms.
The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education is launched, advocating policies of school improvement, quality and developmentally appropriate early education and pre-k programs, expanded access to health care, and improved quality of students' out-of-school time. Schools efforts are not enough to completely address the gaps created by out-of-school factors.
10:1 That's Nobel economist James Heckman's estimated return to society from high-quality pre-k programs' help in boosting low-income children's cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social readiness for school and life. View the full BBA infographic to learn more.