Get Schooled

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Michael Dannenberg, senior fellow in the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation and editor of the Higher Ed Watch blog, discusses the education portion of President Obama's speech last night and what it indicated about the future of education policy.


Michael Dannenberg

Comments [15]

Shahin Khalisdar from NYC

I think, America does not have any foundation. The country is in a critical problem in every factor of human functionality. The society has completely damaged. The are no hope for the constructive social order. Now days, Americans like to be immoral and intend to inject the social vice in other countries. The disgraceful homosexual are increasing, bastards are increasing,and so on. Good luck America, your future in trash with madness.

Feb. 25 2009 07:06 PM

Poland rocks. It's an undiscovered gem.

Feb. 25 2009 12:16 PM
Ewa from New Jersey

I did not hear this entire segment, but something I thought I heard was the USA ranking behind countries such as Poland in test scores. The USA has been consistently behind most of Europe since at least the 1980s. Poland has consistently ranked ahead of the USA for years--probably at least 20. I recall Poland being rated in the top 10 in the world in math and science--always way ahead of the USA. What was your guest implying?

Feb. 25 2009 11:54 AM
Lynn from Manhattan

Pres. Obama spoke of the importance of parents. Roughly 25,000 kids age out of our foster "care" system each year never having found a parent. Most don't graduate high school. They are not the drop-outs we are talking about. Not only have they been living in 0-par4ent families where any accomplishment is on their own shoulders, they are turned out into the homeless system with no resources. We need to find these kids permanent homes, adult support, and then extend their education opportunities through their twenties. I have a daughter who came to me near the end of her time in that system. She had no education past 8th grade, mainly because nobody else cared to find out what was going on. She was there sleeping in her classes with no ability to stay awake, nobody who cared when she got no credit, no IEP designing a plan to help her gtet through. At 21 and with a baby now, she is still working on a GED. But compared with her friends who don't have homes at all she is a success. I spoke with yet another of her friends last night who9 didn't have a place to lay his head that night. I have to turn away kids who want me to adopt them. It's horrible. More people need to do it, but we need heavy duty policy that puts these kids needs at the top of the list. How about a top-notch charter school open to them till age 30 or beyond so they can finish their education any time they finally have their basic needs met and are ready? I don't know all the answers, but if we don't find some, we are throwing these kids away and no presidential pep talk is going to do it. I want to hear what we are goinng to do for them and their education.

Feb. 25 2009 11:36 AM
Brandon from Brooklyn

Being a debt slave to Student Loans, I have to say that it would be much easier to believe in the lofty optimism of Pres. Obama's college education ideas. He really needs to restore consumer protections to Student Loans and collections.

Feb. 25 2009 11:22 AM
Howard from Bronx

You wondered whether Obama reached High School students. Did you see the star-struck aide get a cell phone picture and the reaction of her friends? He's a rock star.

Feb. 25 2009 11:22 AM
Aparna from New York (Harlem)

The goal is completely realistic considering the advent of online education opportunities. The future! For better or worse, from a liberal arts junkie...

Feb. 25 2009 11:18 AM
David from nyc

We really need to have some type of monitoring and mentoring system that follows students from a young age and invest economically in education if they fail we fail as whole and our country if worst all across the board for it, we allow them to fail which is the wrong thing to do.

Feb. 25 2009 11:18 AM
Jane from Manhattan

Yes it's true!!! I worked in a department store in Germany. It's vocational training and in a German department store you will learn everything about fabric and textiles you'll need to answer potential questions.

Feb. 25 2009 11:18 AM
SteverR from Manhattan

Never understood the idea of college for everyone. Why do people going into manual labor jobs need ANY college? Why do we have to pay for this?

Feb. 25 2009 11:17 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

That call for responsibility to one's country, echoing Kennedy, rings a hollow when the government (both Bush and Obama) are demonstrating so unambiguously that they take their first obligation to be _not_ to the people, but to billionaires on Wall Street.

It took weeks for Bush and then Obama to give, without any substantive questioning, hundreds of billionaires to a handful of financial institutions -- far more than is given for education (or healthcare, or anything but the military) over years in _total_.

Feb. 25 2009 11:16 AM
Jane from Manhattan

I agree Darius. When I listen to Obama I hear so much more than a Great Orator. He's bringing ideology to America.

Feb. 25 2009 11:14 AM
Jane from Manhattan

I assumed most middle class people send their children to college. It's almost as if you need to have a Masters in addition these days.

In England you can leave school at 16 and have qualifications to pursue a solid job. Germany offers a wide palette of options for students who may not be super academically inclined. To work in a department store in Germany you have to study for 3 years!

Feb. 25 2009 11:13 AM
Darius from Prospect Heights

"It's not only quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country."

Excellent, excellent point to highlight. I really don't want to believe that conservatives would be against better education for all Americans but I haven't seen much evidence to the contrary.

Feb. 25 2009 11:13 AM
Gal from Metuchen, NJ

I appreciate all the attention on the people coming out of high school going into college getting more support. But what about the people like myself who have outrageous private school loans with variable rates? I feel like if you graduated in the last 6 years you're affected by the economy, but are being forgotten when it comes to school loans.

Feb. 25 2009 10:23 AM

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