During his inaugural address yesterday, President Obama listed some of the serious challenges that face our nation.
“Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land, a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.”
In this month’s Is It Good for the Kids? column, ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter suggests that improving education is one way to meet our nation’s many challenges and to ensure that all of our children will be given the tools to lead successful lives so they don’t have to “lower their sights.”
He writes, “Because the strength of our nation’s economy is inextricably tied to the strength of our education system, education is a sound investment in our future.” Carter expresses ASCD’s commitment to making education a top priority during the Obama administration.
The column also includes thoughts from a few middle school students about how President Obama can help them and other students succeed in school.
Do you think investing in education will help the nation face its challenges? Do you agree with the students’ comments about how education can be improved?