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Cheryl Oldham
Cheryl Oldham is the vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce. She served previously as the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education and chief of staff to the under secretary of education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Entries by Cheryl Oldham

Raising the Bar for Education Standards Is Necessary

(25) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Should states only set educational standards that are easily attainable? Apparently, that's what many critics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) believe. This notion should drive every parent insane. Personally, as a mother of two young boys--one in preschool, the other about to begin 5th grade in public school--I...

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Answering the Call to Fix the Skills Gap

(36) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Microsoft made headlines recently with the release of their report on securing economic competitiveness by upgrading our workforce. Within it, they noted that they have more than 6,000 jobs currently unfilled in the United States because they are unable to find applicants with the qualifications needed for the positions.

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Inspiring Eureka: Rethinking Math and Science Education

(6) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 4:51 PM

This summer, NASA's "Curiosity" rover made its first test drive on the surface of Mars. The mission stoked international fascination, as images beamed back to Earth showing the space vehicle moving about. The rover's successful interstellar journey is a breathtaking reminder of the power of modern science.

Now that it's...

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