President Obama spoke with Matt Lauer on the Today show about education as part of NBC’s week long “Education Nation” Summit in New York City. The President talked about the state of education and answered questions from educators. Later, Tom Brokaw hosted a special town hall meeting with college students and Education Secretary, Arne Duncan. Duncan delivered the message to those watching that the administration is committed to improving public schools, recruiting and training teachers and stressed individual responsibility for an educated citizenry. The summit is to include a teacher town hall and an interview with General and Mrs. Colin Powell. The network’s mission for the summitt is to “engage the public through thoughtful dialogue in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to pursue the best education in the world.”
MOMism: “Step it up.” Like ABCs and 123s, we need to teach our kids the basics…and take steps forward to improve their learning every day! Our kids need to get a world class education in order to lead our country into economic prosperity and compete in the 21st century. We all need to take responsibility for the success of our kids…and the future of our nation. We need to prioritize education. Our kids need to know that it is their job right now to get a first class education, parents need to make sure our kids are working hard every day and that teachers, school officials and our government are doing right by them and taking important steps to improve the public school system. Not just today, but every day, every year evaluating and re-evaluating…investing in our kids, not just financially, but in brain power. From pre school through college, our education system has fallen behind other developing countries, ranking 7th in the world, down from number one just 20 years ago, and we need to take the necessary steps to be the smartest, most capable citizenry.
Now is the time to step up and be part of the solution. For those motivated and willing to take on the challenge of becoming a teacher…only A+ candidates need apply to create an EDUCATION NATION.