New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Proposed Changes To No Child Left Behind (AKA "Elementary And Secondary Education Act (ESEA)"

The Senate education committee has approved a bill that would involve significant changes to the current version of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  The bill proposes loosening accountability requirements and absolving states of having to set annual, measurable goals.  Has accountability become less of a priority in striving for academic success?  No, not really.  My best guess is that people in Congress are disillusioned by the previous failure to meet the accountability standards in the last version of the law and, this time around, they're feeling a bit gun-shy.  The bill would also reduce the federal government's role in education, including consolidating a number of federal programs. 

Read more about it, including the implications for President Obama's waiver plan, by following these links:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/20/09eseahearing.h31.html?tkn=VXRFkgNd3qcKcq5EFXq9%2FfjuoVS1v0lUukRR&cmp=clp-edweek

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/