What is education reform?

These are interesting times for education reform in America today. A lot of politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling for it, but no one seems to know what “reform” really looks like.

The issue reached new levels of salience just a few weeks ago when “Waiting for Superman” — the new Davis Guggenheim documentary following five students and their futures in charter schools — opened to nationwide critical acclaim.

There’s no question this country must have a serious debate on what reform is needed in our education system. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), U.S. students in 10th grade rank 28th in math and 22nd in science out of a total of 39 countries in proficiency. 

Once the hotbed of innovation, medical and technical advancements, America is now sucking the exhaust fumes of revving machines such as India, China and other advancing nations. We are beyond arrested development. We are regressing. 

It’s one thing to grasp this reality. It’s quite another to do something about it.


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