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!