New Kauffman Sketchbook Expresses Urgent Need to Provide Students the Opportunities They Deserve

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Every wasted day is a deficit for our students and their lives as adults

Students deserve great teachers, and we want to provide students with great teachers.

Every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures.

That’s the message Aaron North, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Education, brings in the latest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook video series released today by the Kauffman Foundation.

“Every day that a student is in a bad school is a deficit for that student,” North says in the two-and-a-half-minute animated video. “It’s a deficit against their life as an adult and it’s a deficit against the children that they’ll eventually raise because then they’re less likely to have the opportunities that they want to provide for their children.”

In “A Sense of Urgency,” North recommends moving beyond the ideologies and personal philosophies that can distract efforts to stay focused on advancing academic achievement for every student.

“Students deserve great teachers, and we want to provide students with great teachers. We’re preparing them for a life of choice, opportunity and happiness. That’s the message. It’s about the students,” North says.

About the Kauffman Sketchbook Video Series
Since the Kauffman Sketchbook series launched in September 2011, the videos — featuring the insights of influential thought leaders in the areas of entrepreneurship and education — have drawn more than 418,000 online views. The award-winning pieces have been widely shared on a variety of websites, blogs and social media outlets, as well as at numerous conferences and events.

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

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