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Education reform on the agenda at Tacoma gathering

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2013 at 6:11 am with 1 Comment »
February 19, 2013 7:07 am

A discussion of education reform by business, government and education leaders starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Tacoma at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza.

The event, titled “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity,” is sponsored by The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. A showing of the film “Won’t Back Down,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as women working to transform their children’s failing inner city school, opens at 3:30 p.m.

Panel members include Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, Workforce Central CEO Linda Nguyen, Pierce County Skill Center Director Michelle Ledbetter, Boeing Aerospace Academic Alignment Representative Bret Hinton and others.

To learn more, and to register, click here



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  1. CinderellaCitizen says:

    It’s good to see that “mediocrity” in our education system is a subject of concern. However, American people are happy being mediocre when it comes to education. We routinely vote down school bonds, we reject testing intended to measure how our system is performing — it puts “too much pressure” on our kids is a frequent complaint. We wait until its almost too late to teach reading, and math beyond simple arithmetic is considered a subject to be tackled in junior high. Americans simply don’t value education, and apparently don’t understand that American education slips further and further behind the rest of the world. Other countries embrace excellence and teach things relevant to this decade. Americans prefer the nostalgic approach to education, and we continue to teach the same things that were taught in the 1950s.

    Mediocrity is the result of much more than “failing inner city schools.” Mediocrity starts in every home and the seeds are sown by every parent. A societal change of heart is needed before we can “break the monopoly of mediocrity.

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