About Ed in ’16

Ed in ’08 was a website and campaign launched by the Strong American Schools foundation. Strong American Schools was a nonpartisan public awareness and advocacy effort aimed at elevating discussion among America’s leaders about the need for education reform. Through their campaign, ED in ’08, they were calling for a vigorous and thorough discussion of the issue by the candidates for president in 2008.

This website was relaunched to celebrate achievements of the Strong American Schools team and remind us about its goal.

This campaign aimed to unite all Americans around the crucial mission of improving our public schools by elevating the discussion to a national stage — and what better stage than a presidential election?

Roy Romer, the former governor of Colorado and the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, was their chairman and lead spokesman.
Their budget was estimated to be up to $60 million.


Strong American Schools was a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, two of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, have provided grant funding for Strong American Schools.


America’s students are losing out. The world is changing, jobs are evolving, and far too many students are simply not being prepared to be successful adults:

  • Seventy percent of eighth graders are not proficient in reading—and most will never catch up.
  • Every year, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school.
  • Compared to students in 30 industrialized countries, American 15 year olds ranked 25th in math and 21st in science. Even America’s top math students rank 25th out of 30 when compared with top students across the globe.
  • Many of those who do graduate are not ready for college, for the workplace and for life.

We have to act now to improve education before more American students lose out on the best jobs, hurting our economy and impacting each and every one of us.


They wanted a serious nationwide debate on education reform where every presidential candidate would address three priorities that hold great promise for improving education:

  • Agreeing on American education standards
  • Providing effective teachers in every classroom
  • Giving students more time and support for learning.

The campaign didn’t support or oppose any particular candidate for public office or any political party. Nor did it take positions on legislation.

Creativity and Education

Creativity is very important in education, says Chris from http://mycareertools.com/

As artists, we must study and pay homage to those who came before us. The ones that let us stand on their shoulders and create works better than we could’ve imagined.  They’re our creative advisors.

Of all the authors I have had the pleasure of reading over the years, J.R.R. Tolkien has remained one of the most inspiring voices that I’ve heard. When Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he never expected his work would become popular. Yet after he was discovered, this story that he wrote for his children led to one of the most remembered fantasy sagas in history. Even today, the hands of many an artist are swayed by the influence of Tolkien’s work.

Tolkien’s writing style has a way of helping one escape into a fantasy realm that has a distinctly freeing quality. It’s like a refreshing slap in the face when you’re feeling stuck. So – as part of our ongoing creative advisor series, I bring you a selection of quotes and wisdom from one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time.

“It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.”

“There cannot be any ‘story’ without a fall – all stories are ultimately about the fall – at least not for human minds as we know them and have them.”

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. . . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.”

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

“I will not say ‘do not weep,’ because not all tears are an evil.”

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.” 

Tolkien was a strong believer that art should be a reflection of greater truth, revealing something about our nature and the way we believe as human beings and should not be created for any other reason -it’s a noble and incredible concept to consider in the material world we’re entrenched in.

His artistic legacy is one that we all should hope to emulate.