Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives & America’s Future, with David L. Kirp

| April 15, 2011

Renowned education expert David L. Kirp speaks on Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future (PublicAffairs, March 31st, 2011). In his latest publication, dedicated to “the unsung heroes — those whose tireless efforts are changing the arc of children’s lives,” he outlines a clear policy agenda that places kids first — and follows the golden rule: “Every child deserves what’s good enough for a child you love” (Introduction, p.8). With inspiring accounts of “crib to college initiatives,” he presents a strong agenda that includes stronger support for parents; higher quality early childhood education; school and community links; mentoring; and college and/or career nest eggs.

David Kirp makes it sound so sensible and easy, citing as a top model the Children’s Aid Society, a New York charity that provides critical services to children and their families.  Compare that with the Harlem Children’s Zone,  whose motto is “Doing whatever it takes to educate children and strengthen the community.” Some of Kirp’s ideas were scrutinized by participants, among them TC Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan,Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-director, National Center for Children and Families, and Fiona Hollands, Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, Education Policy and Social Analysis.  Watch the film capture and read the live blog by members of EdLab to help judge for yourself if and how children can be placed before education and at the center of policy.

Referencing Our Book Talk:  Kids First, with David L. Kirp, on Tuesday, 3/22, 4-5:30pm