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It Will Take a Generation to Improve Education in Chattanooga

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Educators have long known that 80% of our cognitive development occurs before we are 3 years old. But for most of us that is a startling wake-up call. For Chattanooga 2.0, it’s the foundation of one of their primary goals—to make every new parent aware of just how important it is to read to their children from a very early age, every day.

Jared Bigham is the executive director of Chattanooga 2.0, a group of education, business and community leaders who have joined forces to improve education in Chattanooga and Hamilton County. When Dr. Bigham talked to Richard Winham he didn’t mince words. “It will take a generation,” he said, “to change the entrenched attitudes holding many people back in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.”