President Obama fully addressed the issues behind the new educational reform plan a few weeks ago. In his speech Obama tackled some of the most important and controversial issues of the new educational plan.
Obama stressed the importance of competition, accountability, mentors, and testing. His goals are to see improvement in the most troubled schools in the nation. It’s not going to be a change that we’ll see immediately, however Obama stresses that inevitably in the next decade or so it will make a significant difference.
Higher education was another hot topic in Obama’s speech. The burden of student loans has become unbearable for graduates. Adding more revenue for scholarships and investing more in community colleges and universities will help expand options for students.
It should come as no surprise that educational reform should be one of our country’s top concerns. Speaking as a college student who’s current tuition now exceeds fifty-one thousand dollars, I think it’s fair to say that the cost of education should definitely be a priority. All too often college costs seem to be the reason why some of our nation’s top brightest students in particular those of color, get left behind.
So what’s really our plan of action?
A statewide race for grants, through challenging the schools to improve their standards and student’s performance more educational reform is able to be made.
Teachers will be held more responsible for the performance of her students. Through a greater educator initiative, it is seen that there will be more interaction between students and teachers to overcome learning barriers.
Refining the testing process, and altering the tests slightly so that it’s a better measurement of what students are learning, rather than a strictly feared and time consuming preparation process.
Parents, role models, and more educators need to be involved in the process, not only to help speed up the transformation but to inspire.
It seems like quite a list of priorities that need to take center stage in these upcoming years but so far it seems to have spurred more progression than any of the proposals of previous years.
Though it may sound a little cliché, education is the key to our future. I don’t know about you, but when I’m older I actually want to see people who have fully reached their educational potential.