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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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Changing Public School Education

An interesting article underscoring the need for universal pre-K education and providing insight into what it really means to fix the currently broken public education system:

With respect to early childhood education a number of policy considerations come to mind.  For example:
  • What does the research show regarding the effectiveness of early childhood education programs
  • What problems have existing early childhood education programs encountered (see Head Start) and how if at all will those problems be addressed with the new programs being proposed 
  • Where will the money for these programs come from and how will those funds be utilized efficiently 
  • What roles will federal, state, and local government play in the implementation of these programs (it has been suggested that the federal government's role will be only to fund, leaving it to the states to expand existing programs/create new programs)
  • What kind of *quality control* will there be to insure that the individuals instructing our preschool children possess the appropriate credentials and experience to do so 
  • What systems will be in place for assessing the results of these programs in the future
Some of these policy considerations and others are discussed in the following op-ed (you can skip over the liberal overtones):

It seems that early child education programs have been pilot tested in some states already.  However more information is needed regarding their long-term effectiveness.