New Mission

New Mission

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.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

President Obama's Education Report Card

Say what you will about the president, but he has had a focus and impact on education.  E4E featured an interesting write-up about his education report card:

The story brought out a couple of issues that I would want to investigate more thoroughly if I were a journalist with an interest in education policy, or an education lawyer with some more free time. 

  • To what extent have states actually followed through with the promises they made to Washington in order to procure substantial Race To The Top (RTTT) funds?  The article suggests that promises made by states in the grant writing process in order to obtain the funds were empty, and that states have not made good on those promises. 

  • How "beholden" is the presidency to the teachers' unions?  If this were Fight Club, and we pitted teacher quality and merit-based pay against the teachers' unions and their campaign contributions, who would win?  Is the president's discourse regarding implementing new mechanisms for judging and compensating teachers lip service and rhetoric, or does it reflect serious intentions to change the system?   

  • What would a completely privatized education system look like and what would that mean for the most unfortunate of students who are not accepted to any private institution?