Friday, October 23, 2009

Thomas Friedman On The State Of Our Schools

Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, wrote an interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times this week on the state of our nation's schools.

In the article, The New Untouchables, Friedman stated the bottom line is as follows: "We’re not going back to the good old days without fixing our schools..."

Friedman also highlights the words of Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, another book that offers key insights into the skills that need to be accentuated in our schools: "In a world in which more and more average work can be done by a computer, robot or talented foreigner faster, cheaper “and just as well,” vanilla doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s all about what chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cherry you can put on top. So our schools have a doubly hard task now — not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity."

While it is more challenging than ever to educate our students, it is also the most exciting time in history to be an educator. With new technological resources being added daily, we have opportunities to engage our students in innovative and creative tasks that we could not have dreamed of previously. If we do not seize these opportunities our students will move on without the necessary experience to ensure their success in both college and the workplace.

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