“The purpose of education is to be informed so that you can then in fact turn around and impact.” David Banks

David Banks at Eagle Academy's Bronx Campus

David Banks speaks with a senior while visiting Eagle Academy’s Bronx Campus.

Responses to a recent reading challenge presented by entertainer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather, whether accurate in its assessment of the boxer’s ability to read or not, reveals the extent to which many have allowed ourselves to place greater value on monetary success and fame than intellectual curiosity and reading comprehension. To that extent, studies show that in national tests more than 67 percent of all US fourth graders scored “below proficient,” meaning they are not reading at grade level. * (Source: Students First) But do we send children to school to get good jobs, or to master their intellectual curiosity in ways that will shape the world in greater ways; or is it a combination of both?  Most of all, how can we ensure the best outcomes?

Creating the next generation of informed innovators and agents of change is no small proposition. This month CEO and Founder of Eagle Academy, David Banks -who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues – provides insight on the things men and fathers can do to ensure the best results as it relates to their children’s education and future.