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Convention Ad Warns 'One Nation Left Behind'

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Strong American Schools, the group behind the ED in '08 campaign to boost debate about education in the presidential campaign, has a full-page ad in this morning's St. Paul Pioneer Press that bluntly says, "Our schools are failing."

The ad, in the newspaper's special news section on the Republican National Convention, displays a ranking of national flags showing the United States as 21st in the world in science. (The fine print cites several assessments, including two from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.)

"The countries with the best schools attract the best jobs," the ad says. "If jobs move to countries like Finland and South Korea, your child's opportunities dry up. And so does our economy."

The ad calls for rigorous national standards, performance pay for teachers, and more learning time and support for students.

"Wake up the school board in your town and the politicians in Washington," it says.

Strong American Schools chief Roy Romer, a former Democratic governor of Colorado, is scheduled to take part in an education forum for convention participants on Tuesday. Romer and Strong American Schools also participated in the Democratic National Convention last week in Denver.

Meanwhile, also in today's Pioneer Press, University of Minnesota education policy expert Joe Nathan has this opinion essay, headlined: "Minnesota schools rank high, but are challenged by myth and complacency."

I spoke to Nathan for my Education Week story about the education landscape here in Minnesota.

--Mark Walsh

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There is one way to improve schools across the board. Empower and reward the student. The student is the one who has control of the cognitve makeup that establishes whether something is learned or not.

The program is called No Excuses-No Limitations. Students are trained to process material faster and are allowed to move forward upon mastery. Removing the shackles of time-lines and group dynamics, students soar. The empowerment becomes the highest reward and motivator.

Traditional settings allow the teacher to become a spigot from which only one idea at a time can be presented and then only in the company of the class. This is highly inefficient even though there are times that group instruction does stimulate communication.

Students can learn anytime 24/7/365 if given the opportunity. We, by definition of our bureaucratic education system, only allow for learning to be validated by a teacher. who shown by research, has less than 10 net minutes per student per day.

Students who participated in the No Excuses-No Limitations Program tested in the top 10% of the nation on standardized tests.

One student, a learning disabled by traditional labels, completed 5 years of math in 1 year placing him in an advanced position for the rest of his academic life.

Until we change from a regulatory mind set with score-keeping as a priority to a service industry showing students how to independently improve their mental capabilities, we will continue to spend billions doing the same thing over and over.

We make No Excuses; We provide No Limitations for learning.
We have granted the freedom to learn.

More case studies can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

US schools rank 21st, but US military is 1st. This is so sad. :(

At a minimum we should encourage Congress to promote a better balance (e.g. take money out of Iraq/Iran and put it into US schools!).

Better yet, take education OUT of the control of government. Our Government has a terrible track record for success with the major issues (health care, housing, etc.).

Unfortunately, only the Libertarians have a plan to improve the situation. Everyone else just wants to talk.

US schools rank 21st, but US military is 1st. This is so sad. :(

At a minimum we should encourage Congress to promote a better balance (e.g. take money out of Iraq/Iran and put it into US schools!).

Better yet, take education OUT of the control of government. Our Government has a terrible track record for success with the major issues (health care, housing, etc.).

Unfortunately, only the Libertarians have a plan to improve the situation. Everyone else just wants to talk.

I think this is so misleading because the countries that they compare the United States to do NOT educate all children.

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