Are Americans ready to change their schools?

On Thursday I heard Bill Bushaw report Gallup pollings on the question of whether Americans are ready to change their schools. Public support for NCLB has fallen dramatically since 2003, post-secondary education is becoming much more important, and there is widespread agreement that for schools to improve the quality of teachers needs to improve.

Bushaw called for a transformational dialogue based on four key areas:

 Redefine purpose of education away from “sort and select”
 Recognize that information is ubiquitous but that thoughtfully applying it is not
 Shift focus of teaching toward engagement
 Question school structure; replace schools with schooling

Sounds sensible to me.

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