Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Education's oil spill

Did you notice some of the phrases that POTUS used in his Oval Office speech (link) on the oil spill last night?

"Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny."

"we can’t afford not to change"

"The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is somehow too big and too difficult to meet".

"what has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny -– our determination to fight for the America we want for our children."

"And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires."

"Others wonder why the industry only spends a fraction of what the high-tech industry does on research and development -– and want to rapidly boost our investments in such research and development."

So change the reference to energy to a reference to education and you have what the country needs to advance the R&D-innovation-improvement reform agenda for education. Indeed education needs an Oval Office speech.

1 comment:

Claus said...

Nicely put. And the speech should combine urgency, determination and hope with an honesty about what we know and don't know about education reform. It should combine a celebration of promising practices with a sober acknowledgment that there aren't silver bullets. And it should not pay exclusive attention to a handful of reform ideas but rather praise a broad range of ideas that show promise.