In preparation for writing one of my last BE Smart posts of the year, I looked back over several to select a few favorites.
Haven’t read these yet? Then cap off the year by devouring these (mostly) encouraging articles. They may give you some insight into goals you’d like to set for yourself in the New Year.
This post tells the inspiring story of Hazim Hardeman, one of the few Rhodes Scholars—if not the only one—who graduated from community college. Hardeman’s story illustrates how the right challenges and support can help bright, underserved students excel—a theme I turn to again and again in BE Smart.
As I wrote in this post, I’ve always been fascinated by World War II because my parents talked a lot about the effects of the war on their young lives. This article explains how teachers can register their classes for a free interactive webcast that will air Feb. 22, which is Digital Learning Day. Read the post; then sign up today!
7.–10. Young Black Men Excel series:
This series profiles four young (all under 30) black men, each of whom is doing or has done something exceptional and unique: One is a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service; another served in the U.S. Senate as a page; another is in the Peace Corps; and another earned a master’s degree overseas.
Part of the mission of BE Smart is to inform our audience about work and learning opportunities they might not otherwise know about. When I learned about the REU program and how it’s seeking diverse candidates, I had to write about it.
This story struck me because it tells how a young mother in great need encountered Educare—and how the cycle of poverty and need has the chance to be broken in her family in this generation. Every year, 1 million children enter kindergarten unprepared. Educare, a program of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, is working to change that.
I spent a wonderful evening at the Oliver Scholars gala this past June, where I was thrilled to meet current and former scholars. This program selects bright students of color and positions them to succeed at the best private schools. But tucked in this post is the remarkable story of Ryan Speedo Green, the renowned bass-baritone opera singer. He would have never been chosen as an Oliver Scholar—which raises questions about the many C or troubled students who could excel if given the right opportunities.
This piece shines a light on how the business community can effect change in the lives of young people who don’t have a lot of options. And this isn’t charity—the business also benefits. I love how the young man in this story took the initiative to find this program—and how he has excelled in it.
If you follow me on Twitter (and you should: @robinwhitegoode) you may have noticed that I tweet this story out a bit as an In Case You Missed It, although it isn’t exactly an encouraging article. High-quality preschool can be especially critical to the success of low-income children (see Educare piece). But our country has other priorities.
And my No. 1 favorite post….
Wynn-Grant overcame an underperforming high school and the fear of math to excel in college. She is now one of the few female African American conservation scientists around. Read her story and be inspired to overcome your fears in 2018.
Happy reading, and tweet me your ideas for education coverage next year!