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She Can Sing. She Can Dance. She's Beautiful. Know What Else? She's All In On An Important Issue.

Shakira is worried about the kids of the world. All of 'em. So she's talking with the White House. Think she doesn't know her stuff? Well first, set down your haterade to the left... ...and let's see what she has to say.

Shakira is many things:

But one of those things that she is happens to be an outspoken activist for early childhood education.

In 1997, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which provides schools for poor children all around her native Colombia.


And she cares *deeply* about inequality.

So she called up the White House and just started throwing down the knowledge.

You want solid suggestions about how to improve early education? She's got solid suggestions about how to improve early education.

And you bet Shak knows her case studies on early childhood education.

ECD in Chile...

ECD in her home country, Colombia...

Shakira: international pop sensation, belly dancer, and gang breaker-upper.

Tell us about the numbers, Shakira!

How much do we love Shakira for using a play on words from her own lyrics?



How to get leaders behind us? (ECD):

Who's ready to take the Shak Challenge???

A simple way to begin to solve to the widespread problem of inequality.

I'm glad she spoke out.

What do you think, Adam Levine GIF?


Yeah.

Research has shown that an investment in early childhood education actually makes money for your state*. I think that more people should know that, don't you?

* From the White House:
"Earnings gains from increased enrollment in early childhood education would provide benefits that outweigh the costs of the program. Researchers estimate the gain in income for recent statewide programs over a child's career to be $9,166 to $30,851, after taking out the cost of the program. If enrollment increased by 13 percentage points, in the long-run these earnings gains translate into an increase in GDP of 0.16 to 0.44 percent."
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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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