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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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:

http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2012-06-president-obamas-report-card-on-education-policy

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?