The Future of American Education

| October 16, 2011

The future of America is intertwined with the future of American education. And the future of American education is inextricably linked to the future of America’s urban schools. There is no denying that education is the civil rights issue of our time. And there is no denying the violation of the civil rights of millions of our youth. The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) was created in 1973 to serve the interests of those who are often hidden, disregarded, or underestimated. Our mission is to use research and demonstration to show the most promising practices in schools and out-of-school settings where youth are learning powerfully and feeling good about themselves while doing so. We are also interested in reconceptualizing the way we do research and the way that we often perceive of populations being researched in urban education. Through work with university based researchers, classroom teachers, students, parents, community advocates and elected officials we hope to create networks committed to the relentless pursuit of educational excellence. Our youth, their families and their communities deserve nothing less. We hope that you will join us in this endeavor, for IUME is only as powerful as the people who take up the cause. And we definitely need smart and dedicated people who believe in youth and who believe in the power of research to fundamentally change the way we think about teaching, learning, and the structure of our school system. For nearly 40 years IUME has been intimately involved in this struggle and I hope to be here for at least another 40. We’ll be here however long it takes.