I wonder why none of the Florida’s papers reprint Jeb’s op-ed, which originally appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, defending his philosophy on education reform. An excerpt:
Right now, the No. 1 issue facing America’s governors is the economy. In the short term, the focus, rightly, is on creating jobs and spurring growth to get our economy back on track. But nothing matters more to our long-term economic health and stability than the quality of education in classrooms today.The challenges are clear. The high-wage jobs of the future will require a higher level of knowledge, particularly in math, science, engineering and technology. Today’s global economy means America’s students will compete with students from around the world — not just around the block — for those high-wage jobs.
The first step is ensuring our expectations for education are aligned with the reality of the world they will enter when they graduate. That starts with higher, more rigorous and consistent academic standards for all students — in every grade, in every school and in every state. Making these standards specific and clear also ensures everyone — students, parents, teachers and policymakers — has the same expectation for what kids must learn every year.