All week long The Takeaway is GETTING SCHOOLED: going across the country and into our classrooms to find out how the Obama administration could be remaking how American children are educated. What’s working? And can the best programs be scaled-up so they work for more kids in bigger schools?
We’ve been talking all week about how to make American schools better. Do we increase funding, create better tests or shut down failing schools? This time, we look to learn from two cities experimenting with their own education policy reforms, Baltimore and New York City.
The Obama administration is pushing to incorporate innovative technology initiatives in its reforms of No Child Left Behind. The President has set aside millions for a technology investment fund, but should that investment go to buying computers, getting mobile devices or to teacher training? For our week long series on the future of education in America, we look at how technology factors into education.
Takeaway listeners from around the country called and wrote in with educational innovations for our school system. What do you think should be mandatory coursework for all students?
We've been thinking about a possible national curriculum and are asking you: other than the essentials of reading and math, what's the one other class that you think should be required for all students?
All week long we are 'Getting Schooled' on the Takeaway — talking about the big issues in our schools today and how things are changing, now that No Child Left Behind is being revamped and the Department of Education is disbursing $100 billion in stimulus money. We kick off the conversation by taking a look at why American schools do so poorly in comparison to other industrialized countries and what we can learn from them.
Finnish student Elina Lamponen spent a year as an exchange student in small-town Michigan, and comments on leaving Helsinki and big-city life, as well as how American high school compared to her schooling thus far in Finland.