All of us know in an abstract sort of way what a difference education makes. Education fills our heads with wonderfully inspiring ideas. Education prepares us for vocations and avocations. Education is the ticket to freedom, and so much more. John Dewey, noted philosopher and educational reformer, had this to say: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." Seasoned educator Kyleen Carpenter has seen impressive evidence of this up close and personal.
Kyleen Carpenter is Head of School and co-founder of the Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.