My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.
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.