The president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Karen Rue, similarly urged that, “kids deserve transformational, top-to-bottom reform. We need a better understanding of what it costs to educate 5.2 million students.” To assist policymakers in ensuring every child is educated enough to command a job paying above the poverty line, the AEI-Brookings Institute, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit public policy research organization formed a Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. In its 2015 report, the Working Group recommended policies increasing public investment in preschool and postsecondary education, promoting social-emotional as well as academic skills, modernizing the organization and accountability of the educational system, and closing resource gaps. Education has always been a vital way for Americans to transform their economic circumstances. In a time of rising inequality, increasing the quality of and access to education has the potential to offer improved opportunities for countless American children.
Often viewed as a tool for weight loss, consistent physical activity is a big factor in decreasing one’s risk of a heart disease, avoiding injuries, feeling mentally healthy, staying physically fit, and living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), regular physical activity is critical when it comes to preventing heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis, no matter a person’s age. Research released by American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that an active lifestyle, maintained over the course of life, adds up to five years to life expectancy, and Marcus Hiles points to The Lancet’s studies which attribute the mental and social benefits: “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”