Friday, October 23, 2009

Education Must Be Made a Priority Now

Education is a mandate for moving the economy forward.

See this New York Times article by Thomas L. Friedman, 'The New Untouchables'. It is imperative that we change the organization and structure of public education now.

With all the other priorities being discussed and addressed, it would be a shame to overlook this critical area that underpins and either fosters or impedes their success.

3 Comments:

Blogger Steve McCrea, Independent Educator said...

Well said, Dr. Fischler. As Thomas Friedman points out, "Those with the imagination to make themselves untouchables — to invent smarter ways to do old jobs, energy-saving ways to provide new services, new ways to attract old customers or new ways to combine existing technologies — will thrive."

I particularly like Friedman's quoting of a business executive: “Our education failure is the largest contributing factor to the decline of the American worker’s global competitiveness, particularly at the middle and bottom ranges,” argued Martin, a former global executive with PepsiCo and Kraft Europe and now an international investor.


The conclusion hits hard: So our schools have a doubly hard task now — not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Steve McCrea, Independent Educator said...

A teacher's blog (http://frothquaffer.wordpress.com/) mentioned the following youtube video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRi8_fXz1D8 (which had the following note):

Trailer for Lord Puttnam's new film about education. Originally uploaded for a blog post at jamescross.org.uk, please note that I'm in no way connected with the film - all I've done is cut it out of a YouTube video that already existed for a blog post.

We Are The People We've Been Waiting For is a full-length feature film on education which was inspired and guided by Oscar-winning producer Lord Puttnam. The film is supported by various sponsors including independent education foundation, Edge. The film follows the experiences of five Swindon-based teenagers. What unfolds during the course of the film is a very inconvenient truth about education. It concludes that, while there are signs of spring, a transformation of the education system is vital if the UK is to continue to compete effectively in an era of globalization the world has changed enormously but our education system has not kept pace. We need to recognise that there are many paths to success for young people and provide the right support and opportunities for them to develop their individual talents.

The key: the title of the youtube video: "We are the people that we've been waiting for."

9:28 PM  
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