A child who is loved, nurtured, educated, mentored, supported, and healed is more likely to face adversities with resilience and contribute to the economic strength of state and country. Dealing statewide in latent fashion — with stress-related healthcare costs, untreated trauma including substance abuse, lack of trained workforce, and limited wages that continue cycles of financial trauma and sometimes criminal behavior — is much more expensive in the long run.
Research is clear that early childhood development is crucial, which relates to family strength financially and emotionally, which relates to educational and employment opportunities, which relates to housing stability and food security.
The logical way to a more prosperous future for every Minnesotan family and company is to enhance the support available from community. The notion that individuals make their own destiny alone is archaic and inaccurate.
As the pandemic reminds us, teachers, nurses, government officials, manufacturers, farmers are all vital to a functioning society, without which nothing is accomplished.
Prioritizing early childhood development and education is why so many policy makers and advocates — from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota to Hormel, and urban to rural leaders — are pushing to use this rebuilding time to reimagine our approach to education as the foundational building block to everything we aspire to as a state.
There are tremendous challenges facing Minnesota’s educational system. In addition to the long-lasting disparities between students of color and white youth in our state — among the worst in the nation — the pandemic is expected to have ripple effects because of the trauma, distance learning gaps, and reduction in relationship building with adults and peers that is crucial to youth development. The inevitable impact this has on Minnesota’s future is worrisome to many.
In this Education Action Guide, we look at these questions:
- How does Minnesota compare to other states in education?
- Why is the Federal Reserve seeking to improve education in Minnesota through a constitutional amendment?
- Why is early education so vital as a solution?
- How is the Northside Achievement Zone finding solutions that are applicable both in urban and rural settings?
- What is the Biden’s Administration’s approach to educational priorities?
- On a child’s adaptation skills, and discipline
- What is available at the legislative level that could have an impact, including trauma-informed solutions? COMING SOON
- The value of after-school programs
- A new statewide ethnic studies course requirement
- The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on a child’s learning — a compilation of Minnesota Women’s Press stories
Visit OurChildrenMN.com for more about the Page Amendment in Minnesota
For a global reach, explore the #One Billion Voices For Education Campaign, which is seeking to serve the estimated 1.5 billion learners had their education stopped or interrupted.
- Conversation with Acooa Ellis on education
- Conversation with Casa de Esperanza on violence
- Sarah Park Dahlen: Of Mirrors and Windows
- Pam Costain: Tear Down the Walls
- Lynnell Mickelson: Re-Engineering Minnesota Education
- Kelly Holstine: Transforming Hearts (including my own)
- Cyreta Oduniyi: Freedom School
- Isabella Star LaBlanc: Proposed Adjustments to American History Curriculum
- Cat Nakhornsak: I Want to Be Reflected in Our History Books
- Neda Kellogg: Project Diva
- Legacy: Slow Movement Toward Inclusive Education
- 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year: Qorsho Hassan
- A Blueprint to Thrive