Recording artist, concert performer, and philanthropist John Legend has won six Grammy awards and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. In 2007, John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign (, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty. He is a co-chair of the Harlem Village Academies Founder’s Council, an advisory board for a group of charter schools in New York City.

In a Daily Beast exclusive, singer and education philanthropist John Legend responds to Bill Maher’s recent attack on President Obama’s education policies, and explains why he believes bad teachers—not parents—are at fault when kids fail.

World AIDS Day often means a barrage of depressing statistics. But singer and activist John Legend writes that thanks to big strides in antiretroviral drugs, there’s reason to celebrate.