Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ED in '08

Just came back from one of the "Distinguished Lecture Series" at UNI, where former governor of Colorado Roy Romer was making case for stronger education in the US.
Romer is a speaker for Strong American School's ED in '08 Campaign, a nonpartisan campaign promoting sound education policies for all Americans. See the Romer's blog "Roy's blog on schools"

Here are some notes from the presentation:
  • When comparing US elementary students' proficiency in math and language with the other 35 developed countries US in both cases is on the far, lower end of the chart.
  • Lowering the standards to make students successful is not the way to create educated generation
  • A strong America depends on strong schools
  • Aim high, analyze what works in the countries from the top of the chart (Finland, South Korea, Singapore)
  • Let's get our expectations correct - students ARE able to reach higher standards. Did you ever see the teenager playing a video game? The skills and ambitions are there we just need to appeal to them.
  • In South Korea only top 5-7% are in the privileged group that gets admitted to the elementary teachers' college. It is more difficult tho get admitted there than to the law school.
  • In Singapore - students are getting payed regular salary once they are admitted to the College of Education!
  • We could improve our education by increasing the quality of instructions in the schools, and by being more restrictive who gets admitted to the College of Ed.
  • We need to elevate a Profession of Teaching
  • As Educators we have to find in ourselves the way to live on the cutting edge of curiosity.
  • Technology can help us to level between our skills and what is needed to be efficient educator.
  • It is never to late for education. Remember about late bloomers!

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