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EDUCATION NATION: Public School Priority Initiative

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.

4 Responses to EDUCATION NATION: Public School Priority Initiative

  1. Anonymous September 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Through my own school years, and those of my four children; I have found that there have been very few teachers who actually took an interest in teaching. These teachers who did their best to teach the students were about one out of ten. Most of the teachers had an attitude of I get paid to babysit you students for forty to fifty-five minutes of class. My children and I have had both. The one that makes learning fun, believes in teaching should get recognition. The teacher who walks into the classroom and writes an assignment on the chalk board and says there you go, should be booted out. Mom and Dad need to step up to the plate from birth also. If you have children, yes you teach them on a daily basis. All the skills that they need to know. The parents should read to their children and not stick a DVD in the player. A learning DVD is fine for a half hour, but they need to do their part too. That means to sit down with your children, teach them, do fun learning projects with them, help them to understand when they are having difficulty with a subject. Don't say that you are too busy, they grow and can learn the wrong thing very quickly.Set aside study time and stick to it, Do not back down and give in to whining. Remember, you are the parent and the boss. Do the job of raising your own children and teaching them, Don't think that it is ok to want everything for yourself and think that it is other people's job to do it!

  2. Anonymous September 28, 2010 at 5:32 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    In my school years my mother was there to help me with our lessons and made us read during the summer. These days with parent(s) working to make ends meet, there is no one there to help. School needs to step up and help children stay up with others especially the world countries.

  3. Anonymous September 28, 2010 at 7:14 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    I have no faith in obama doing anything positive for the kids, or education overall. The other things he is doing are so detrimental to our education system, the very idea of him doing anything that would improve it is laughable to me. So many no brainer ways to improve things, and he is NOT addressing any of the real problems, that caused the decline, in any of the articles I've read on this. Sure, he wants to make a big to do about nothing, just because there are still idiots out there that can be conned by believing his lies. Can hardly wait til he comes out with, "Time for CHANGE in our schools", and the change is screwing the kids directly, and viciously, same as he has the majority of the country. As usual, he is going about this in all the wrong ways, and just talking a bunch of white noise.

  4. Anonymous September 28, 2010 at 10:45 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    As California's Delegate to the National Mom Congress – I am disappointed in the same-old, same-old approach being taken by the Dept. of Education (a'la Arne Duncan). He's speechifying all over New York repeating the same garbage he spewed on stage with the Mom Congress Delegates about increasing the funding for Parent Engagement to (drum roll please!) $270 million. Oooh's and Aaah's notwithstanding – this funding is ONLY for Title 1 schools and ONLY for evidence-based grants. I'll give you a little evidence Mr. Secretary – low income parents don't have time to be engaged in their children's schools they're out working their tails off trying to help their children SURVIVE – you know, food, a roof over their heads, and maybe, if they're lucky some clothes and shoes. Forget about books and paper and pencils … AND PTA MEETINGS! Its time to get real people!

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