The discussion about education reform took center stage on Meet the Press on Sunday November 15. There was a freewheeling, 25 minute discussion between moderator David Gregory and guests Arne Duncan, Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton. Duncan, Gingrich, and Sharpton have been touring schools across the country to find out what works, what needs to change and what students expect in the classroom. This bi-partisan group has embarked on this journey together to show that politics should not get in the way of the important need to reform education.
Although there was no specific mention of CTE during the discussion this conversation touched on a number of topics that are important to all sectors of education. This includes the role of charter schools, the importance of accountability, the goals of the Race to the Top fund, the challenge and impact of drop outs, teacher recruitment, and the importance of setting expectations for students, parents, teachers, and all who are involved in the education system. The panelists also talked specifically about what they learned from visits they made to schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Tucson.
If you would like to watch this interview you can see it on the Meet the Press website at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/#33948109