The economy, global warming, the economy, the Middle East, the economy — these are all problems President Obama has on his plate. Next up! Education. Today the president laid out his syllabus for how to fix America's schools. Don't worry he hasn't forgotten about the economy; education is part of the master plan to fix it.
So what does the former professor want to see in American classrooms? Here are some of his principles (not principals):
- Improved pre-k programs, beginning with $5 billion in funding from the stimulus plan.
- A reduction in drop-out rates. Obama said: "Don't even think about dropping out." OK then!
- A call for every American to complete at least one year of higher education or career training.
- The end to caps on charter schools.
- Merit pay for teachers, and taking teachers who don't perform out of the classroom.
- Longer school days. He said: "If they can do that in South Korea, we can do it right here in the United States of America."
How would you grade Obama's plan?