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So What Happens After Tomorrow?


It isn't even election day yet, but education bloggers are already asking that question.

Jay Matthews at the Washington Post thinks the next president will have to be an "education president" - no matter what happens in the election. Andy Rotherham over at Eduwonk takes a look at what will happen to the GOP on education, if, as many polls predict, Sen. John McCain loses the election and Republicans take a major hit in congressional elections.

My guess? Well, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, asked Obama what his top priority would be if he wins the election.(Video below). Education spending was one of the choices. Obama's answer? Righting the faltering economy. He listed education as "priority number 5" behind energy, health care, and middle class tax cuts.

Given the state of Wall Street and Main Street, I'm thinking there just isn't going to be a lot of attention on education, at least during the first six months of the new administration. The next president will have to spend his political capital on fixing the economy.


I would agree that education, in its own little vacuum, is not going to be a major issue for whomever is sitting in the White House. Those education issues that will continue to get traction, though, will be those that connect the four issues before education. How do we use education as a lever to impact the economy, improve healthcare, etc.? That's why you're continuing to see so much emphasis paid to STEM and to the issue of "relevant" instruction in the high schools that links up to workforce needs.

Neither candidate offers a clear vision for the future of education reform. Further empowering education department bureaucrats or technology workforce developers does not offer a solution.

Education requires less emphasis on test scores, standards, accountability and contemporary business and a greater emphasis on advanced math and science. Specifically, we need a greater focus on the inventors and tinkerers of the 1920's earlier in the student's curricula. The 19th and early 20th century thinkers were original and paid a detailed attention to concepts, theories and analytical reasoning.

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