Senator Mike Johnston Gives One Heck of a Speech on Education

Forbes calls it “the best speech about education — ever.” We’d have to agree that it’s pretty damn good.

Colorado state senator Mike Johnston’s passion for education comes through in this short speech on his experience working for Teach for America as a principal for challenged students in Colorado. When Johnston became principal of the school, the graduation rate was 50 percent among high school seniors. In the speech, Johnston describes how he and the other faculty were able to work with students to raise that rate to 100 percent — and among those students, 100 percent of them were accepted to four-year colleges to boot.

He then describes the effect those seniors’ graduations had on the rest of the school: how their success provided hope to underclassmen, inspiring them to strive for four-year colleges themselves.

Johnston doesn’t pretend he has all the answers or that he was able to solve all the problems that came up in that Colorado school. But the experience he shares in his honest, heartfelt

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speech ought to provide hope for anyone who watches — hope in the promise that education can change lives, leading to better opportunities for students who need them most. It’s a good reminder that teachers and administrators can effect real change, and we tip our hats to Senator Johnston’s efforts to make a difference in education. Take 20 minutes and watch the video, embedded below.

What do you think of Senator Johnston’s efforts? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or via Twitter to @Technapex or @ce_doyle.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.