U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.
Conservatives, liberals, free-market advocates and supporters of big government alike have all agreed to either dismantle or modify how our schools operate. But Rick Perry has entered the room uninvited, and the question is, will he spoil all the fun?
What is desperately needed is a new accountability strategy -- not one, like NCLB, that continues to demand that schools dramatically raise student achievement and then abandons them to flail on their own.
The toxic "one-size-fits-all" rubric that educators over the last decade have objected to is finally being acknowledged by Arne Duncan for what it is: a bad idea badly implemented, much dangerous territory lies ahead.
If No Child Left Behind is not scrapped, and there is no indication of that being in the works, then we can await a time three years from now when 100 percent of American public schools are labeled failures.
On Saturday, thousands of educators and parents rallied at the grassroots Save Our Schools March on Washington, D.C. Education heavyweights all took the microphone, but it was Matt Damon whose closing speech brought down the house.