(Video produced by SoulPancake for the Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Over the last few months, Kid President has given us one heck of a pep talk and endeavored to help end global sadness. Now, as the school year winds down, the adorable third grader offers some insight into how to fix our troubled education system.
After all, he says, "I can't be the real president until I graduate."
In the video, he and a few other kids address two important issues in particular: healthy food in schools and a lack of access to early childhood education.
"Not all kids have the same opportunities to learn," Kid President says.
When it comes to preschool, the U.S. is ranked 28th in the percentage of four-year-olds in early childhood education, with a 69 percent enrollment rate, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In terms of state pre-K programs, only 32 percent of four-year-olds and eight percent of three-year-olds are enrolled, according to the NIEER's State of Preschool 2011 report.
This really needs to change; and so does the lack of healthy food in schools.
Research published in Physiology and Behavior found that students who eat breakfasts containing a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates have an improved attention span and memory, and they experience fewer signs of frustration while working on school tasks.