Behind the Curtain: Dropout Nation Editor RiShawn Biddle Named One of BAEO’s Ed Reform Champions Under 40
As a daily magazine geared toward spurring the transformation of American public education, Dropout Nation doesn’t seek accolades or awards. Ultimately, the greatest award its editors and contributors seek is in providing every child with the teaching, curricula, and cultures of genius they need to write their own stories. At the same time, we won’t sniff at any award. And definitely not one from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the leading advocates for expanding choice and high-quality education for African-American children.
Last night, Dropout Nation Editor RiShawn Biddle was named one of BAEO’s Ed Reform Champions Under 40, for editorializing and advocating for overhauling public education. This includes challenging the failed thinking of education traditionalists, forcing conservatives and left-leaners to rethink their ideas in his role as education columnist for The American Spectator, and helping this publication become the conscience of the school reform movement, and spotlighting how far too many children are failed each day in every community. Biddle joined a distinguished group of advocates, educators, and political leaders, including Derrell Bradford of Better Education for Kids, Wisconsin state Rep. Jason Fields, Laura McGowen-Robinson (the founder and executive director of Crown Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles), and Shekema Silveri of Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, Ga.
It is an honor to be recognized for the work that we do here. But it cannot be forgotten that we still have so many miles to go and promises to keep to every child. And we, along with BAEO and Rocketship Education (which sponsored the award) must get going.