Our Goal: Highlight Happiness

By: Andrew Campanella

We are launching a weekly newsletter about the great work students, teachers, and education leaders are doing in their schools and the greater community. Let’s highlight happiness!

If you’ve ever celebrated National School Choice Week, you know that what sets the last week of January apart every year is its positive, inclusive tone. That’s because we believe in celebrating good news in education, from every type of school – traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and home schools.

In a time when there seems to be much to critique and improve in the world, it’s also important to celebrate the good around us.

It’s important to celebrate the good because, without it, we all become susceptible to seeing only negativity. When bad news is all you hear, it’s harder to be joyful.

All the research shows that people in America – and many around the world – are more unhappy than ever. The headlines call it an Unhappiness Epidemic. Together, let’s push back against this trend with all the good news about education we can find.

Highlighting happiness in great schools and educational environments has two benefits. One, it helps more students find the right schools for them by informing families about their options. Two, it stems the tide of negativity we all find online every day by encouraging us to look for the good.

To highlight happiness, we are launching a weekly effort bringing you stories of schools educating students well and improving their communities. Out of the tens of thousands of schools that celebrate National School Choice Week every January, there are countless positive stories to tell. Whether it’s collaborating to bring more public art into the world, equipping summer camps to include students with special needs, or equipping themselves to spark an interest in STEM in their students, great public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, virtual academies, private schools, and home educators are forces for good around the world, fighting for the happiness of their own families and others. 

We want to highlight happiness in all the noble, effective, and compassionate things happening in education and local communities. That has always been a key goal for us, and we hope to do it even better by delivering it to your inbox weekly. Let us all build together.

Sign up here for a weekly update on the great work students, teachers, and education leaders are doing in their schools and greater community. Let’s highlight happiness!

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