Our Children Can’t Wait

Edited By: Joseph P. Bishop

Foreword By: Becky Pringle

Publication Date: December 23, 2022

Pages: 312

Education policies have too often ignored how conditions outside of school can alter life chances for young people, especially students of color, before they even reach the classroom. More recently, COVID-19 has made it impossible to overlook the needs of the whole child, both inside and outside of school. The authors assert that responding to a number of factors like air quality, housing, public health, community safety, segregation, and neighborhood conditions are essential to improving academic outcomes and student health.

Our Children Can’t Wait, a new book from CTS Executive Director Dr. Joe Bishop, urges readers to reconsider what education policy is, what it could be, who it is for, and who should be directly shaping it at all levels of government. Experts present a new equity roadmap by bridging scholarship, ideas, and original thinking on education policy as a vehicle for setting a redemptive path forward for reckoning with race in America.