Some say the U.S.A is at the top of it’s game. We invented Apple, the airplane, the T.V, and the telephone. But the numbers don’t lie. The U.S ranks 15th in reading performance, 21st in science, and 25th in math, compared to the rest of the world. Education Nation wants to change that. Education Nation, a two-day summit on Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, wants to get people talking about ways we can improve America’s schools. But it’s not as simple as it sounds.
I spoke to some people who were visiting the Learning Plaza, a series of exhibits on education, and most people agreed that there was room for improvement in the education system.
“I think if we involve parents and the community, then education will strive to be better,” said Peggy, a teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana.
“I think [in the future our nation] would have much higher math and science scores. I think it’s sad not too many people like science, especially girls. I think the nation needs to get on that, because math and science is pretty important,” said Ciara, a college student from Pearl River, New York.
Hunter, a kid visiting from Boston, thought that technology will play an important role in the future. “I think education in the future will focus more on multimedia and the Internet, and seeing how computers can be used as more of a tool and less of a distraction.”
Randall, a visitor from New York, New York, agreed. “I think education is in transition. I think technology has allowed us to look at new ways of teaching and I think we’re still learning right now as to the best ways to use technology to break down borders, to give fair and exciting teaching to all different types of kids. I think it’s really an exciting time.”
Personally, I thought that the coolest part of the gallery was called “The Learner,” where there were touch-screen computers with fun tests that told you how you learn best.
And of course, if the kids, parents, teachers, and minds behind Education Nation get their way, then America will truly be at the top of it’s game. Visit educationnation.com to learn more.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Grace McManus checks out the Learning Plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York City, September 26, 2010. (Photo by Amanda Hebert)