After a several weeks of blogging frenzy on my part, I had to take a breather over the last few days and get my head back into my present-day at home. It’s been a nice week of pursuing projects and assignments, of tending to our immediate needs and looking forward to the next couple of months. More about that in the next post, I think.
But today I watched Barack Obama’s speech about the NCLB waiver. I will admit to being cautiously optimistic. On the one hand, I applaud his efforts to provide relief and flexibility to schools across the nation. On the other hand, I’m still hearing a lot of phrases like “test-scores” and “under-achieving students.” I support efforts to help under-achieving students, but one of the many flaws of NCLB has been its 100% focus on that end of the academic spectrum. It’s time to share the love, you know? I suppose it still remains to be seen how this will all fall out exactly. A nine minute speech is not intended to lay this out.
And I do remain optimistic. Any winds of change are in my mind good winds at this point. If you haven’t seen his talk, I’ve taken the liberty to share it below. Check it out. What do you think? And do you see yourself as a part of the next stage in the development of our education system?