It seems that everyone is finally talking about education these days. “Our generation’s Sputnik moment is back,” President Obama hailed in a speech just last week. “Our nation’s education crisis demands ‘the fierce urgency of now,’” Arianna Huffington said in a press release announcing the launch of Huffington Post’s new education section in October.
I had a conversation with two colleagues yesterday about the so-called school reform “movement,” and it got me thinking afterwards about what it is that seems to have raised the status of education to the level of “big issue.”
Is it the attention President Obama gave to the issue in his 2008 campaign and beyond — and the money he has helped make available to schools through ARRA and Race to the Top?
Is it the Common Core State Standards
movement that has led more than 40 states already to sign on in support of the same higher standards for students?
Is it the growing sense that our world is changing fast and our schools are becoming increasingly irrelevant?
Or is it the economy (stupid)?
What do you think?