Obama calls quality education a necessity, yes but!

 The story below seems undeniably a good thing, but what is a ‘quality’ education, should it be “from the day they are born to the day they begin a career” , or a lifelong experience?

Are we still in the old paradigm of an ‘academic’ education, or are we talking about a new paradigm, of enabling the creativity we need to prosper in the new and, low carbon future that awaits us, either by design or negligence?

Our need is to lead and manage educational institutions to enable the liberation of creativity, whilst working to continually reduce their resource intensity on society, or in more conventional terms,

Educational Quality’ is that which maximizes the value added to society by an educational institution, whilst minimizing the ‘loss to society’ that results from its creation’.

In future years, schools, colleges and universities should be judged, not by how many degrees they bestow, but by how well they contribute to the reduction in the resource intensity of their communities.


Not easy to measure, for sure, but the change in focus transforms the approach needed in day to day management and curriculum content.




see http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html


Obama calls quality education a necessity

Last update: 12:20 a.m. EST Feb. 25, 2009
WASHINGTON, Feb 25, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — A quality education is a necessity for Americans to compete in a global economy, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress Tuesday.
“That is why it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education — from the day they are born to the day they begin a career,” Obama told lawmakers, Cabinet members, justices and invited guests.
Roughly 75 percent of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma, “yet just over half of our citizens have that level of education,” Obama said.
“We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation,” he said. “And half of the students who begin college never finish.”
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has invested heavily in education, he said, by providing funds to improve schools and make college more affordable.
His budget, to be submitted later his week, would create new incentives for teacher performance, paths for advancement and rewards for success, Obama said.
While lawmakers and educators are responsible for making the education system work, it is the responsibility of citizens to participate.
“And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training,” Obama said. “This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship.”
Recognizing the high cost of college tuition, Obama said the federal government would ensure that people who volunteer in the community or for serve in the military can afford a higher education, and asked Congress to forward to him such legislation.

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