Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership By Educating All America’s Children

“Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America’s Children” identifies the best practices for educating all of America’s children. The report highlights the solutions needed for our children to succeed in today’s global economy.  This is the first comprehensive agenda from the NAACP in almost 10 years.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:

If America is going to lead the world in this century the way we did the last, we must lead the world again in education. “'Finding our Way Back To First' is the road map for our activists, the communities they serve, and the nation as a whole. Our proposition is simple: if every public school does what the best schools do, every child will be able to get a great education. The NAACP has pushed America towards greatness before, and with this plan as our guide our army of advocates will do it again.

The report highlights four areas for proactive education reform to ensure that, upon graduation, all American students are college ready and/or career ready.  These areas of reform are:

  • Effective teaching
  • Prekindergarten preparation
  • Targeted spending
  • Expanded time for learning

Click here to download the report.

Dick Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former South Carolina Governor made this point about the report:

The strategic, targeted investments outlined in the NAACP report will generate positive education outcomes for all of our nation's students, particularly the less fortunate among us.

The report also draws a connection between our ability to successfully educate students of all socio-economic statuses and our strength in the global economic marketplace. It is also a tool for more than 1,200 NAACP units across the country to use as a resource for education advocacy in their communities.

Alma J. Powell, Chair of America's Promise Alliance commented on the report and the wholistic approach to education:

We cannot talk about advancement in America without talking about our young people and education.  The simple truth is that preparing young people for success and ‘finding our way back to first’ is about much more than what happens inside the classroom, it takes the interest and investment from all of us.  When we meet the needs of the whole child we are one step closer to preserving the promise of America.

NAACP Education Director Beth Glen made this statement about the future of the Association's education policy and advocacy based upon today's report release:

To fulfill its promise of greatness, this nation must adopt reforms that result in success for the vast majority of the country’s young people, rather than a fortunate few. The NAACP and its hundreds of thousands of members will continue the advocate for proactive education reform until our nation finds its way back to first.