Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, DC have been selected to get money to reform schools in the second round of the $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” grant competition. Congratulations to these states and the District of Columbia, however what about the 41 other states? Are we really going to make a significant impact in our future generation by rewarding only 10 percent of our states? Financially, they rightfully deserve the financial rewards for implementing innovative solutions in their school systems. Educationally, all 50 of our states deserve the right to know what is working and learn how to best implement these techniques within all of our schools so that we can collectively excel and build off of what is working.
I’ve tried, and failed, to find out about these winning solutions, so that myself and other families from the 41 other states can be able to incorporate them within our households and schools. Why is it so difficult in the information age to find useful, relevant, and important information that has lasting effects on our future generation?
I’m sure if I surfed the web hard and long enough I’d be able to find some answers, but the fact of the matter is I’m able to know more about a golfers personal life then innovative educational models that affect millions of people. I wouldn’t say our priorities are mixed up, but they’re misrepresented. Until the media begins to provide valuable and relevant information to us, then we won’t ever make the profound changes in our daily lives and our local neighborhoods. If we aren’t provided useful information, we won’t be able to ever reach “the top” that the Obama administration is apparently working towards.
The only way we’ll reach this summit is by having all of our states work collectively for a common goal in making a difference in the lives of our children. The media must change their priorities and report on information that is needed. After the Race to the Top competition is finished, the administration must also create an incentive program for the 41 other states to adopt what is working. In order for our country to continue excelling, we must continue to work jointly for a common goal of positive change in our school systems around the nation. We are called the United States of America for a reason. All 50 states, all 310 million of us must work together to improve our school systems and race to the top, together.