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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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In Defense of the American Public Education

The American public education system must surely be the envy of the world for its outcomes.

The American education serves the interest of this country and the economic and social necessities of its people. This means that not all schools are failing. In other words, only "Some schools are failing as are the communities and governments that serve them." writes Sarah from California.

I don't think nobody would disagree on the fact that teachers are sharing far too many disconnected and rote skills which are aimed at memorization and singular algorithms for the most part. But good things are also on their way.

On this topic, I specially like this quote: "American schools could do math and science instruction so much better than they do now. We could decide on essential basic skills that need to be taught and then focus much more on skills and activities related to problem solving, inquiry, analysis, application, and real world contexts. We could make a strong and meaningful connection between math and games and we could empower the majority to be confident in their math abilities and their abilities to learn math."

Many of us point fingers at politicians but at the core of this problem is also the industry. All the machinery behind production of testing, the textbook printing, and don't forget about the educational consultants. They, as the economy rulers in Wall Street, want to keep the system as it is. The only thing they care about is profiting from education.

As far as the utilitarianism is present in our curriculum, we have to recognize that education goes beyond that. School is to form (rather than train) citizenship, aim at sensible care-takers not only to oneself but the family and the environment.

"There is less upward mobility now for Americans than there was thirty years ago and our schools are statistically doing better than thirty years ago as measured by standardized tests for reading and math." I really worry that the same President Obama focus only on vain comparisons with other countries on this matter, forgetting that American has been built on our education public system.

Still, despite of not following international standards, our education is the envy of most of the world. Why? Because it produces a "diversity of well-educated, creative, and energetic students who go on to further educate themselves later in life", and performs to the highest levels in colleges and universities under their own effort.

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SOTU and The State of the American Education

"We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair," said President Obama last night during his State of the Union address.

If you were paying attention, you will agree with me that the President offered plenty of encouraging rhetoric but nothing new of substance. He wanted to raise expectations among people and he did it, but even when a great deal of time was spent talking about education, there were no precise points.

Watch video here. For how debaters grade the SOTU click here and don't go without the fact checking posted by WaPo.

The education passages evidently didn't have a lot of substance but they did have some interesting signals. And that's a good beginning, though. Obama also had the courage to speak openly about the Dream Act and how this country will benefit of these students.

Personally, I am still reading about school Bruce Randolph, the one Obama singled out. And as I continue to read and grab the most interesting commentaries about last night Obama address, what follows is what I think deserves to be read:

- Translating the State of the Union Address - what really the President wanted to say about American education.

- Andrew Rotherham in Education - Smartest and so far the most straightforward analysis.

- Fire those lazy-ass teachers - The counter part Obama didn't mention about the other teachers.

- Become a teacher - The strongest two words used by President Obama in SOTU address.

I'll be grateful if you find some other information worth it to share on our comments section.

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