What would you ask the Big-Wigs?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
What would you ask the Big-Wigs?
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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 12:48pm

With the Education Nation Summit coming up at the end of September in NYC, we have the opportunity to pass your questions along to some of the experts and leaders in the field of education.



Remember all those times you've said "But how can we accomplish {fill in the blank} when we don't have the support of... / resources to... / funding for..."



Well now is the time to have those questions heard -- and answered -- by fellow educators and experts like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Harlem Children Zone’s CEO Geoffrey Canada, and President of MIT Susan Hockfield.



We would love to supply them with a plethora of real questions from the educators and parents here at iVillage, so please don't be shy!




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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 4:32pm

When are you going to realize that standardized tests aren't really the way to hold teachers accountable, if indeed that's what you're trying to do?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 4:51pm

No apologies necessary! We're looking for any and all questions you'd love to pose to the experts or higher-ups in Education, no matter how hard-hitting.

Thanks!!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2009
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:14pm

I usually lurk here, but couldn't pass up this opportunity. Here are my questions:

How can we make the perceived value of a teacher's job equal to that of a doctor or football player?

Isn't it short sighted to cut education funding? Do you think we'll see the results of said cut-backs in 20 years when children who have been "taught to the test" have no knowledge of the arts, music or culture?

Thanks,
Casey

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:10am

While it is accepted that every child comes to school with unique characteristics how and why

Sherry

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:47am

Excellent, excellent questions everyone. I can't wait to pass these on!

I'll add another aspect to this discussion if you don't mind? In addition to the big-wigs like Secretary of Education Duncan, Education Nation will also have teachers, fellow educators, technology experts, activists in school nutrition, and leaders in many other areas there to present and brainstorm.

If you had access to these folks, what kind of advice would you ask for? It could be anything from bridging the technology gap to new ideas for dealing with bullying to strategies for increasing parental involvement in the classroom or at home. Anything at all you'd like to get fresh ideas or tips about.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2007
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 7:33am
My questions would be...when was the last time you spent a year in a classroom teaching kids like those in my district? When were you in the developmentally disabled class where my friend Gary is not teaching life skills, but is teaching probability and statistics to kids who barely know their ABCs?
No, I don't want VISITs, I want them to be teaching todays children.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2006
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 6:06pm

Do you understand what you are looking at when you look at testing results from our country and other countries?

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