Invisible Child

Andrea Elliott, Hack Educa, Dec 12, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's a lot I could say about this series looking at the lives of homeless children trying to go to school in places like New York. But really, you should read the series yourself to get that first-person perspective. I will say this, though: the idea that there are more than 20,000 homess children in the system poses a significant challenge that can't be addressed simply by advocating home schooling or saying that the child's education and upbringing is the parent's responsibility. A lot of the solutions I propose would well for wealthier families that can afford the time and expense of student support., But for the rest, the system has to provide, and it's in all of our interests to ensure that it provides well, with good spirit, and good intentions.

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