President Obama gave a speech today on education reform at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the transcript.
It doesn’t sound particularly impressive to me, but I was struck by one good line in particular:
And I’m calling on our nation’s governors and state education chiefs to develop standards and assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity.
Any other thoughts on his speech?
Welp, he’s saying what needs to be said, but unfortunately, as he acknowledged, it’s been said before.
Our children have not been a priority in this country for a long time. Consider where child care workers are on the status scale…. teachers not too far ahead of them, except in some communities. (I remember teaching where I was regarded much as if I were clergy.) It would be awesome if that changed…