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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A belated happy new year to all. 2012 promises to be a year of change, which I guess can be said of every year, and every day for that matter. The year has gotten off to a tumultuous start. The reverberations of the State Education Department coming down hard on impartial hearing officers is being felt at the local level. Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City address emphasized education reform, including specific proposals for merit-based pay and teacher evaluations. Martin Luther King Day was used as a call to action with both Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo urging to cut through the bureaucracy and implement change. "It is this simple: It is not about the adults; it is about the children," Cuomo said. Somewhere along the way Rupert Murdoch called Cuomo a chicken - anyone know what that was about? In any event, if New York wants to recoup the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that it has missed out on as a result of not implementing a teacher evaluation system, now would be a good time to act.