- Matt Dale
- Santa Ana, CA
- United States
Teacher and Coach, The Open School
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We need Sir Ken Robinson, Martin Seligman, and the like to guide the US education revolution, not Obama, Congress, Dept.of Ed., or lobbyists
From "The Hill":
President Obama used his weekly address to renew his call for a rewrite of federal education law and to give more local control and flexibility to schools.
"We need to promote reform that gets results while encouraging communities to figure out what’s best for their kids," Obama said. "That why it’s so important that Congress replace No Child Left Behind this year – so schools have that flexibility. Reform just can’t wait."
The president touted his Race to the Top initiative, which aims to reward schools that demonstrate success.
"We need to reward the reforms that are driven not by Washington, but by principals and teachers and parents. That’s how we’ll make progress in education – not from the top down, but from the bottom up," Obama said. "And that’s the guiding principle of the Race to the Top competition."
While I believe his intentions are good, what Pres. Obama suggests is more reform. The system, however, is outdated out out of touch and reform will allow these systems to continue with minimal change. Education must allow our young to reach their potential as humans, and for this to happen, a great re-imagining of education must happen. Sir Ken and Martin Seligman are among those who have suggested this and maybe we should let people whose passion and expertise is innovative education and human potential design the new system of American education.