Overhauling Education: If Not Now, When?

  1. Development of a love of learning;
  2. Recognition of the need for and importance of civic engagement;
  3. Appreciation for cultural differences and the need to treat all people with decency and kindness;
  4. Understanding of data and its collection and use;
  5. Valuing beauty in whatever the form;
  6. Respecting our planet and the need to preserve it for generations to come;
  7. Willingness to innovate and explore and take risks and be curious;
  8. Enhance self-reflective abilities to understand better our feelings, thoughts and behaviors;
  9. Development of fundamental skills needed to navigate life;
  10. Acknowledge wisdom and its value;
  11. Belief that we all have the potential to contribute to our world; and
  12. Importance of helping each other bring our best selves to the proverbial table.



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Karen Gross

Karen Gross


Author, Educator & Commentator; Former President, Southern Vermont College; Former Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Former Law Professor