Is this really what we want to spend $60 million promoting in terms of education “reform” in this country?

The project will not endorse candidates — indeed, it is illegal to do
so as a charitable group — but will instead focus on three main areas:
a call for stronger, more consistent curriculum standards nationwide;
lengthening the school day and year; and improving teacher quality
through merit pay and other measures.

As Judy Breck says,

It’s not exaggerating in the least to say that the above
3-plank education platform would sound perfectly appropriate for the
elections of 1988, or 1948, or 1908. Yet times have changed as the 21st century has arrived.

How about three different main areas instead:

1. Making sure every single school child in America has a personal computing device and ubiquitous access to the Web
2. Supporting teachers’ efforts to leverage technologies in their own personal learning
3. A national curriculum that emphasizes creativity, communication, and the building of connections in safe, effective and ethical ways.

(I’m sure you can come up with better ones.)

Better yet, why don’t we target the money toward giving our national legislators (and “education visionaries”) a clue as to what the heck is happening with the world as it relates to learning.


(Via Stephen Downes)

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