The weeks between the American Presidential election and the Inauguration are usually spent preparing for the next four years. This includes building teams and setting national agendas. It is traditionally a time when election struggles are put away and the new national government begins to take shape. Often the level of cooperation that exists between elected officials will determine how much can be accomplished during their time in office. After this election, the tension between the Republicans and Democrats is not likely to disappear when the new President takes office.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was important work to do that could cut across party lines? Let our agenda be children! The National Academy of Sciences has conducted a landmark study pulling together everything we know about how children develop and learn, separating fact from fiction. We have learned more about how children learn since 1970 than in all of history up to that point. This powerful document, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, can be found at the National Academy of Sciences website. Neurons to Neighborhoods would be an excellent basis for new federal policies that reflect what we now know about how children learn.
I hope that as parents, we will take the lead in bi-partisanship by caring more about what our children need than what party we belong to.