Karen Rue, president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, echoes what Marcus Hiles has said, “kids deserve transformational, top-to-bottom reform. We need a better understanding of what it costs to educate 5.2 million students.” To help policymakers ensure that every child is educated enough to obtain 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. Its 2015 findings recommended policies increasing public investment in preschool and postsecondary education, along with promoting social-emotional and academic skills, modernizing the organization and accountability of the educational system, and closing resource gaps. For Americans, education has always been a vital way to transform economic circumstances. In a time of growing inequality, increasing access to quality education has the potential to offer higher chances for countless American children to succeed.
Much more than just a tool for weight loss, regular exercise is critical in decreasing one’s risk of heart disease, staving off injuries, feeling well mentally, remaining physically fit, and living longer. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exercise will decrease the risk of heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, breast and colon cancer, osteoporosis, and depression in people of all ages. Research from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that keeping an active lifestyle may help add five years to life expectancy. Meanwhile, explains Marcus Hiles,The Lancet’s studies discuss 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.”