State of the Union: Expectations for Education

I may have cheered a time or two during last night’s State of the Union speech. I mostly agree on the President’s philosophy that education needs to step it up. I happily support the President’s concern that parents need to be at the forefront of education. Hazaa Mr. President! Here are some news articles that talk about the expectations for education in the future.

Washington Post: Obama on education in State of the Union, “We only reward success”

Education Week: Obama makes education a State of the Union centerpiece

Quote:  “Hewing closely to the ESEA blueprint he released last March, the president framed the law’s renewal as an attempt to build on the success of his signature, $4 billion Race to the Top competition and to find the right role for the federal government in education, while at the same time raising expectations for students and schools. That blueprint proposed replacing the law’s main yardstick—Adequate Yearly Progress—with a new one aimed at measuring whether students are ready for college or a career. And it proposed moving to a growth model, where schools get credit for improving individual students’ progress.

“And Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids,” he said, which elicited applause in the chamber.”

USAToday: Obama lauds education, technology in State of the Union address

The Cornell Daily Sun: Education critical to economic success, Obama says in State of the Union

While he received rumbling applause on this account, I couldn’t help but feel that this road to correcting and reforming education is going to be a long haul. Obama called out to those in attendance the need for a strong bi-partisan government, recognizing that there will be arguments and controversy in how to solve some of these issues. Compromise is what we should expect from government and something that we as Americans needs to be receptive to.

My Questions:

  1. During the speech, Obama mentioned that  education is one place where social problems can be addressed. Do you think this is a good pressure to put on education reform, or is it too much?
  2. What does this mean for the future of policy?
  3. When Obama called for education advances in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), will this cut other programs like English, art, physical education and music? What does it mean when we limit creativity, as well as expertise in other areas besides STEM? What of those students who are more creatively minded? Is this something we should look at nonprofit groups in order to fulfill what government cannot?
  4. What will government propose to weed out undesirable teachers? What measurement mechanism will they use to make these determinations? What laws will need to be adjusted in order to make this possible?


  1. So I just read something online about a mom getting sent to jail for “sneaking” her kids into school by using her dads address. The school caught her because they hired a private detective to follow her. How is it that this is even illegal? I think any parent should be able to do this. I know I went to school in a different district than were I lived. No one asked and no one followed me home every night. I think the school went too far in hiring a detective to do this. It has to do with the property taxes right? Well if grandpa says they live at his house and he is in the district that should have been enough. Also for the judge to send a message to other parents by giving her a huge fine, he should know that the punishment should fit the crime. It really comes down to a level playing field. Every child should have access to the SAME resources for education and have a reasonable expectation of security and privacy.

    Here is the link…

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