What the US Presidential Candidates Should Be Talking About

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Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, recently wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he criticized the US Republican presidential candidates for not sufficiently addressing the country’s education challenges.

Noting that the quality of American primary and secondary education has fallen far behind that of other developed countries, he provided three key questions on which the candidates should be pressed, and which have relevance for political leaders in countries throughout the hemisphere:

  1. Do they support the push for common, robust learning standards across the country? Although adoption is ultimately a state decision in the US, how would the next president speed implementation to ensure that the country remains competitive in the globalized economy?
  2. How do candidates propose to professionalize teaching and make it the career of choice for our most talented young people?
  3. How will candidates promote choice and innovation to improve teaching and learning, and unleash the power of technologies that have raised quality and lowered costs in every other part of the economy?

Read the full article here.

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