Champion of Children

Champion of Children presented by the United Way of Central Ohio

Former WOSU Open Line host Fred Andrle participates in a one-on-one conversation with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed and other books about effective education strategies.

Champion of Children will also present its 2014 awards to the educator and nonprofit organization of the year.

2014 Champion of Children Airdates
Watch this year’s celebration at on WOSU Plus.

  • February 16 at 1 pm WOSU TV
  • Feb 21 1 at 9 pm WOSU PLUS
  • Feb 28 at 9 pm WOSU PLUS
  • March 21 at 9 pm WOSU PLUS
  • March 29 at 9 pm WOSU PLUS

Previous Programs

2013 Champion of Children
Former WOSU Open Line host Fred Andrle participates in a one-on-one conversation with Geoffrey Canada, creator of the Harlem Children’s Zone “ hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most ambitious social service experiments of our time.”

2012 Champion of Children

2011 Champion of Children

Business First VIEWPOINT Column, January 28, 2011 - Connecting the dots for all children at home and school – The environment for a child matters. The advantages and disadvantages children inherit from their families, neighborhoods, early care and schooling will either support or deny them the opportunity of attaining later success. On almost every measure of well-being for which data are collected, poor children in America fare worse than more affluent kids. Often, those with difficulties in childhood see them persist in adolescence and adulthood. Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here. PDF (Copyright 2011. Business First of Columbus Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

Business First VIEWPOINT Column, January 7, 2011 -Schools can’t reverse poor kids’ fortunes aloneFrom A Nation at Risk, the 1983 imperative for educational reform, to the recent documentary Waiting for Superman, our K-12 schools have been placed in the omnipotent position of solving our nation’s achievement gaps and, by inference, its economic woes.
Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here. PDF. (Copyright 2011. Business First of Columbus Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

Business First VIEWPOINT Column, December 3, 2010Answers still sought on how to narrow achievement gapMore than half a century ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren observed on behalf of a unanimous Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, “it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.”Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here. PDF. (Copyright 2010. Business First of Columbus Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

Business First VIEWPOINT column, January 29, 2010Connecting the dots to classroom success. Today’s preschoolers, those age 3, will graduate from high school in 2025. They likely will not be ready for college unless they are ready for kindergarten in 2012. (Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here.

Business First VIEWPOINT Column, December 4, 2009 “ Time has Come to Lift our ‘Educational Mojo’- Those advocating educational reform for the past decade “ a coalition of business leaders, philanthropists, mayors and school superintendents “ see the low performance of U.S. school children, especially poor minorities, as a crisis that requires an overhaul of how schools are run. (Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here.)

Business First VIEWPOINT Column, September 18, 2009Make Early Learning Part of Education Cycle – Ohio’s officials and the early learning community share a deep commitment to early childhood education and now need to coalesce on a plan that will ensure kindergarten readiness and school success, especially for the economically disadvantaged. (Read the rest of Linda Kass’ Business First column here.)