iVoices: What We'll Remember About Education Nation 2012

Our iVoices on iVillage talk about what they learned -- and how empowered they feel -- after the three day summit. (4 Photos)

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iVoices: What We'll Remember About Education Nation 2012

Courtesy of Lela Davidson

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Lela Davidson

I had no idea when I headed off to Education Nation that education could be so dramatic (or that my interest area of charter schools was so divisive.) Armed with only my own personal experience, I was unprepared for the passions stirred by the issues facing public education today. Who would have thought a teacher would be booed by hundreds of her peers because she dared to speak against the teachers' unions? Who would have thought anyone would protest outside a movie premiere about a failing school? Throughout the three-day summit, I learned about Common Core (state standards), STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and how education impacts the economy and national security. I saw demonstrations of innovative digital learning tools and the data they can provide to students, teachers, and parents. And I learned that as a nation we spend as much on education as other industrialized counties, yet rank far below. I was often times confused, but ultimately came away better informed, thanks in great part to sitting next to a teacher who whispered translations and explanations into my ear. I still don’t know much about the enormous topic of education but after seeing some of the solutions presented at Education Nation, I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Check out Lela's blog and her post for Education Nation on whether charter schools give kids a better education than regular public schools. 

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